CAM for Die/Mold

CAM software for die/mold machining has to respond to the complex 3D milled geometries typical of die and mold tooling. In addition to milling the shape correctly, the CAM software also has to pick a pattern of tool paths that can achieve the required surface finish. The CAM software also is likely to account for such important die/mold machining practices as high speed machining, most likely doing this by adapting the direction changes in the tool paths so that the tool does not see any sharp turns but instead changes direction gradually. This minimizes impacts to the tool, workpiece or machine while the tool feeds rapidly and efficiently across the part.

SmartCAM features New Mill/Turn Sub-Spindle and B-axis Support, Morph Pattern Roughing.
Brendan Feely of Alpha Precision checks an injection mold

CAD/CAM Platform Serves as a Communication Tool for a Moldmaker

CAD/CAM software for moldmaking became one company’s “universal translator,” smoothing communication and interoperability between client, designer, machinist and machine. 

Looking at the Benefits of Cloud-Based CAM

VisualCAM from MecSoft will enable users to instantly share and alter CAD/CAM files in a web browser through Onshape.
New Product Announcements

Visi 2020.0 from Hexagon Improves Finite Element Analysis

The latest release of Visi CAD/CAM, from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Production Software business, is said to improve mold and progressive-die design processes.




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