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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New Opportunities with CAM


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Autodesk Netfabb

Software Solutions for Design, Simulation, Additive Production

By: Katie Cattell
Autodesk’s Netfabb software is designed to take additive manufacturing beyond prototyping and plastics to create production-grade parts at scale.

Autodesk Certifies Compatibility with Open Mind Software

By: Jedd Cole
HyperMill 2016.2 has been certified for use with Autodesk Inventor 2017 software.

Rollomatic VGPro

Control Software for Tool Grinding

By: Katie Cattell
Rollomatic has expanded its VGPro software by adding its drill and step drill programs, form tools and rotary burrs.

Simulation Helps Optimize CNC Machining

By: Katie Cattell
Spring Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL Solutions 10, an all-in-one digital suite.

Open Mind Technologies HyperMill Maxx Machining

CAM Strategies Improve Machining Times

By: Katie Cattell
Open Mind Technologies USA will present HyperMill Maxx Machining, a set of high-performance strategies within HyperMill CAM for improved roughing, drilling and finishing.


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