Systems & Software

CAM for Production Machining
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CAM software for production is focused on programming machining centers, lathes and turn/mill machines to execute a variety of typically simple machining operations in the most efficient sequence possible. Milling, pocketing, slotting, drilling and OD and ID turning are all examples of operations that might apply to the machining cycle for a particular production part. CAM software for production also often features tools for software automation, or knowledge-based machining. Many of the decisions necessary to machine a production part are repetitive, involving assigning particular tools and parameters for particular varieties of drilled holes or milled features. CAM software with some knowledge-based functionality can allow the programmer to input his “knowledge” about tool, process and parameter preferences for certain fundamental types of machined features, so that the software can recognize those features in the future and program them automatically, saving the programmer time.

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Video: Milling with Full Flute Length


A shop captured this footage of the way a software feature permits deep cutting in steel.

CAM Software Considerations for Bar-Fed Mills


Time will tell, but increasingly, there is evidence that points to the fact that bar-fed mills could well represent the future of complex, small parts manufacturing.

New Opportunities with CAM


A shop’s first steps into programming with CAM can be intimidating. But this company found success in fearless flexibility and the right software to fit its applications.



3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 2016 Improves Efficiency, Speed and Accuracy

By: Lori Beckman
This software version is said to deliver a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming.

Simplify Setups with 3D-Modeling Software

By: Russ Willcutt
New software allows setups to be created onscreen, making it easier to determine the optimal designs and the quickest setups.

Kyle Castor stands in front of a five-axis router with arms crossed.

Don’t Sweat the Setup: Probing the Position of Complex Workpieces

By: Peter Zelinski
This manufacturer uses a software tool to tailor the machining program to the location and orientation of each contoured part.

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CAM Software Helps Shop Gain Machining Efficiencies

By: Emily Probst
VIDEO NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of the page for a behind-the-scenes look at 5th Axis, and hear Chris Taylor talk about how Hypermill software has helped his company.

Software Enables Analysis of Tool Life, Chip Flow

By: Jedd Cole
Third Wave Systems has released version 7.2 of its AdvantEdge software including enhancements and capabilities designed to reduce the time required for tool-focused results analysis, communication and documentation.


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