Cloud-Based CAM Enables Multi-Site Sharing


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Machining Software Pvt. Ltd. says its OnCreate3D is the first cloud CAM app. It can run on a desktop PC, a laptop, a tablet or any mobile device. It is currently being offered in free beta until the end of June 2017.

The company says the app enables the user to start machining in three steps. First, the user imports a CAD file and chooses a project type (for example, Mill 2D, Mill 3D, Lathe or Sheet Metal). Supported formats include DXF, STL, IGES and STEP. Second, the user creates operations to cut the part. Mill 3D supports pocket, contour, rest area and other operations. Lathe supports turning, facing, grooving and other operations. The app also simulates the operations to check for gouging, spikes, undercutting, etc. Third, the user generates an NC file for all operations by providing basic information about the controller options.

As a browser app, OnCreate3D supports Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer 11 and a few other browsers. The app is said to eliminate the cost of CAM packages and the hassle of keeping track of updating license codes on hardware dongles and software lock files. The software uses a pay-as-you-go model, which the company says is beneficial for small and medium-size job shops who do not want to invest heavily in CAM software.

The software also enables sharing projects with other users. If the plant is separate from the design or machining office, perhaps in different time zones, OnCreate enables users to invite new users onto the platform and share projects. These added users can visualize the part and tool paths, simulate the project, and download the NC file. The software also provides features easing reconfiguration for the different machines of new users.