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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CAM Software Considerations for Bar-Fed Mills


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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.



Bloodhound Fin Support Machined with Vortex

By: Peter Zelinski
Machining strategy contributes to 40 percent cycle time saving on large five-axis aluminum part.

GibbsCAM 2015

Updated CAM System Supports Tool, Fixture Libraries

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2015 includes enhancements for specific functions.

GibbsCAM 2015

Updated CAM System Supports Tool, Fixture Libraries

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2015 includes enhancements for specific functions.

Mastercam Swiss

CAD/CAM Software for Precision Programming

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
CNC Software’s Mastercam Swiss is specialized CAD/CAM for precision programming.

Vero Software Edgecam 2015 R1

CAM Update Includes Wire EDM Capabilities

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Vero Software’s Edgecam 2015 R1 release includes a wire EDM product in its Workflow environment and offers full machine simulation, including stock and cross-section display.


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