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.



Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

By: Emily Probst
Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a UK-based CAM software supplier.

Reengineering of a CAM Engine

By: Chris Felix (editor)
Software suppliers are doing their part in meeting the programming demands of multitasking operations for complex parts.

Esprit Cloud-Enabled CAM Increases Programming Efficiency

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DP Technology Corp.'s Esprit cloud-enabled CAM software helps programmers easily and quickly select tools based on part features.

Design-to-Manufacture Software Combination Improves Workflow

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gleason's Cage bevel and hypoid gear design and manufacture software is available with a seamless link to Smart Manufacturing Technology's Masta full-system transmission design and analysis software.

Partmaker 2015

Updated CAD/CAM Software Supports Turn-Mill and Multitasking Machines

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Partmaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc., will introduce Version 2015 of its CAD/CAM software featuring updated support for turn-mill machines and multitasking machines.


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