Zero-Client CAD/CAM Software Eliminates Need for Costly PC
SmartCAMcnc has released SmartCAM ShopFloor Milling, an easy-to-use and affordable shopfloor programming system designed to equip machinists with CNC programming capability independent of their in-house programming department. This product is said to provide more functionality than traditional conversational programming, offline and independent of specific conversational CNC format.
SmartCAM ShopFloor Milling will launch on the Predator Cloud Network, which provides a secure shopfloor network and computing platform in the cloud via a monthly subscription. Each machinist’s Windows desktop, data and applications are stored in the cloud and automatically backed up. All software updates, hardware replacement and desktop support for the managed desktops are performed by Predator support personnel. Subscribers can add and subtract users or machines as needed.
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Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.