CAD/CAM Software

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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

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

SURFCAM Adds New West Coast Training Site

The Kent, WA, location couples them with Hexagon Metrology to expand their services into the northwestern U.S. 

Alphacam Sets Sales Record

CAD/CAM sales hit a six-month record during the first half of 2015, an increase of over 23 percent from last year.

Tebis Hires Business Development Manager

Daniel C. Rutenbar has experience in manufacturing software that will provide a strong addition to heightened customer service by the CAD/CAM software supplier.
Daniel C. Rutenbar will focus on business development and also manage specific accounts primarily in the Midwest.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

Intelligent Paths to Strategic Machining

The 5-Axis Blade Roughing cycle in ESPRIT 2015 makes it possible to completely machine blades in a single setup. The 5-axis Blade Roughing tool motion is morphed across the blade from any size stock shape
to uniformly offset stock allowance so it can be immediately followed by a finishing cycle.
Shops are using this innovative CAM software to increase their machine tool productivity with more efficient toolpaths in more applications — and also to improve their own CNC programming productivity.

A Complete Manufacturing Platform

VisualCAM for SolidWorks saves countless hours by automatically updating toolpaths when your model changes.
This new CAD/CAM application marries the power and functionality of parametric design with the robust and powerful milling capabilities of standalone CAM software.

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.