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.



CAM Software Is Key to Continuous Improvement

By: Edited by Emily Probst
Armo Tool used NX CAM from Siemens PLM Software, along with new fixturing technology and CNC machines, to increase overall productivity by 40 percent.

Omax Intelli-Max 21

Software Suite Optimizes Waterjet Paths

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Omax has released Intelli-Max 21, the latest version of its software suite for Omax JetMachining Centers.

Delcam PowerMill 2015 R2

CAM Software Improves Toolpath Simulation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The 2015 R2 version of Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining enables a project to be completely verified for machine tool issues such as collisions without requiring verification of each individual toolpath.

Sandvik Coromant InvoMilling 1.0 software

Software Eases Milling of Gears, Splines

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Sandvik Coromant’s InvoMilling 1.0 software enables flexible manufacturing of gears and splines on universal five-axis machining centers.

CAM System Aids with Productivity and Simplifies Complex Parts

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
In the case of Webber Metal Products, upgrading the CAM system was all it needed in order to increase productivity and simplify complex part production.


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