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Published: 4/15/2003

Automation's Extended Reach
The experience of a Windsor mold shop offers an object lesson in machine shop automation. In an interconnected process, automating one aspect of the process offered benefits beyond what the initial planning had led the shop to expect.

Published: 4/15/2003

Process Versus Geometry
Most CAM software can be classified as either fundamentally process-based or fundamentally geometry-based. Understanding this often-overlooked distinction can help you find the CAM system that is best for your needs.

Published: 1/15/2003

Less Setup Equals Being More Competitive
Using CAM software as part of a setup reduction strategy has paid big dividends for this Ohio shop.

Published: 12/15/2002

The Software Around The Machine
Walk into Mori Seiki's Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL) in Sacramento, California, and you might think you've instead wandered into a West Coast extension of the United Nations. The facility is dedicated to software development and engineering fo...

Published: 11/15/2002

Programming Multitasking Machines?
Applying the right tools and technique to CNC part programming will let shops get the most out of their multitasking equipment.

Published: 11/15/2002

Getting To Know Knowledge-Based Machining
The term refers to different levels of automation that CAM software developers are building into their NC programming software.

Published: 9/15/2002

Moving Toward Complete, Automated CAD/CAM Solutions
Best known for its machining software, UK-based Delcam is adding more software products for design and engineering. The company's explicit goal is to be 'a provider of complete, automated CAD/CAM solutions, taking complex shapes from concept to real...

Published: 7/15/2002

Plugging Into STEP NC
CAM software companies are offering software programs that allow their users to read STEP-NC files into their existing CAM software to generate the tool path and output for specific CNC machines. These "plug-ins" make many of the benefits of STEP-NC...

Published: 7/15/2002

Breaking The CAM Logjam
A manufacturer of metal stampings bridges the gap between generations of hardware and software.

Published: 4/15/2002

The Right Start For A Fine Finish
Developers of CAM software have introduced many programming features for the initial removal of excess stock prior to finishing operations. By preparing the workpiece surface for more effective finishing, these roughing routines often determine how ...

SmartCAM features New Mill/Turn Sub-Spindle and B-axis Support, Morph Pattern Roughing.