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CAD/CAM Software: Articles

CAD/CAM Machining Software: The Latest Trends and Advances

Figure 1. CAMWorks 2014 uses toolpath simulation for an effective review: The tool vectors for the toolpaths can be viewed during Step-through simulation, making it easier to review 5-axis toolpaths. Shops can use a WIP (work-in-process) model as a start-up stock when simulating sections of a toolpath to shorten the review time.
Nothing is changing faster or more profoundly than the software used to design and machine parts. To help shops keep up with the latest competitive advances being introduced on the shop floor, here is a report on some of the newest CAD/CAM software.

Trophy Work: Moving from Art to Part

The Hole Manager ultility simplifies and automates hole-making operations, which can often be achieved with three mouse clicks. It automatically recognizes holes by characteristics, puts a point at the center of each hole, and provides a normal vector to the hole. The points and normal vectors are used to program the proper tool rotation to perform boring, drilling, tapping and countersinking of holes on multiple planes presented by spheres.(Click on photo to enlarge it)
Check out how Blue Chip Engineering was able to engineer and machine a complex, mobile sculpture for renowned designer Tom Shannon using advanced CADCAM software from Gibbs and Associates.

Test and Engineering Services Grow with Machining

hyperMILL CAM software provides toolpaths, collision checking, and verification for complicated models.
And what drives machining growth? Aerodyn Engineering uses intuitive 5-axis CAM software from OPEN MIND Technologies that “gets it.”


CAD/CAM Software: Industry News

VMH Joins Partners in THINC

The Siemens PLM Solutions Partner expands the integrated CAM capabilites of the Okuma group.

CNC Software Names New President

Meghan Summers-West, CNC Software, Inc. “This is an acknowledgement of all I have worked for and desired since I can remember. It’s also, more importantly, the beginning of the next 30-plus years for Mastercam and CNC Software. I am honored and excited to take on this role and to continue to work with the sincerest and smartest people in our industry – you and our dedicated and loyal worldwide reseller network and our bright, innovative customers."
Meghan Summers-West follows the steps of her father, company chairman Mark Summers.

Tebis Appoints New Personnel

Mike Arndt is the business development manager and Matt O’Donnell is an applications specialist.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

Catch the Wave(form)

With Rough Waveform Turning, the toolpath maintains a constant cutting load, enabling significantly faster cutting data, and prolonging tool life. The cycle is sensitive to the stock condition, eliminating ‘fresh-air cuts.’ (first view)
Waveform turning, multiple machining sequence support, ribbon bar and interface updates, and the inclusion of Wire EDM are the newest CAD/CAM game changers that machine shops need to compete in a global economy.

Reduced Lead Time When Cutting Gear Profiles

InvoMilling software is very user friendly with excellent graphics, milling path generation and simulation functionality.
InvoMilling CAM software from Sandvik Coromant generates the CNC program to produce different gear profiles using CoroMill 161 and CoroMill 162 milling cutters.

VisualCAM Now Compatible with SolidWorks

VisualCAM 2014 for SolidWorks from MecSoft is now certified to run inside the new release of SolidWorks 2015.