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Published: 7/15/1999

Extending CAD/CAM Associativity To Suppliers
Many product manufacturers today are asking for suppliers' help in cutting costs and shortening the product development cycle. These companies know that someone intricately familiar with the machining process can evaluate a product design to minimiz...

Published: 7/15/1999

Transferring CAD/CAM Files
Importing and exporting CAD files is a fundamental function of CAM software. An understanding of this process can help you know what to expect and will aid you when making a CAM purchase.

Published: 2/15/1999

Smart And Efficient
Deft use of macros for 'family-of-features' NC programming allows this compressor manufacturer to do in minutes what once took hours, and get more consistent machining processes in the bargain.

Published: 2/15/1998

The Flow Through CAM
The route from CAD to CAM to CNC can meet blockage both upstream and downstream from the programmer. However, this shop cleared away most of the obstacles to efficient electronic transfer just by updating its CAM system. The results include a new le...

Published: 2/15/1998

Tying It All Together
This combination product line manufacturer and job shop is a classic example of an environment that calls for a fully integrated CAD/CAM system.

Published: 11/1/1997

Taking The Broad View On CAD/CAM Functionality
It is a complete CADD through CAM system that includes the SolidWorks solid modeler, multiple-surface milling, tool path simulation and verification, photorealistic rendering and animation

Published: 10/1/1997

New CAM Technology Links Knowledge And Solid Modeling
Some CAM developers are beginning to integrate the power of solid modeling with intelligent manufacturing applications that "know" how shops want to machine their parts.

Published: 10/1/1997

Interpolating Curves
The ability to import complex curves into CNCs promises to let shops finally get beyond old limitations imposed by contouring with linear interpolation. Faster and smoother cutting will be the result.

Published: 8/15/1997

Programming For High Speed Machining
You'll have to change your NC programming strategy for high speed machining. Here are some quick tips, and some features to look for in your CAM system.

Published: 7/1/1997

Pushbutton NC Programming
With numerical control (NC), shops learned how to automate the machining process. Now, with today's CAM software, they are learning how to automate the NC programming process.

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