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.



Delcam FeatureCAM 2015

CAM Software Eases Programming of Part Families

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Delcam’s 2015 version of its FeatureCAM software eases programming of part families by matching the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features, making the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster.

Holroyd Profile Management System software

Profile Management Software Aids Production of Helical Components

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Designed for use with its grinding machines, Holroyd Precison's Holroyd Profile Management System (HPMS) is an optional desktop suite of software for helical component design and management.

Renishaw Revo five-axis measurement

Suite of Blade Measurement, Analysis Tools Offered

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Renishaw offers hardware and software for CMMs that are specifically designed for measurement of aerospace blades, including ApexBlade planning software for Revo sweep scanning and DMIS programming, Modus airfoil analysis for the calculation and reporting of blade section profile and airfoil characteristics, and SurfitBlade to aid reverse engineering of the complete airfoil.

Multitasking Goes Vertical

By: Hanan Fishman
This article looks at part processing and CNC programming considerations for vertical multitasking applications.

Gravograph GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software

CAD/CAM Software Eases Laser Engraving

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gravograph offers its GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software for laser and rotary engraving machines.


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