CAD/CAM Software

Precision Grinding With Graphical Monitoring

The special controls used by thread grinding machine tool builder Mikromat keeps their machines simple to operate as they get faster and more precise to meet complex aviation, aerospace, marine and automobile applications.
CAD/CAM Software: Articles

Mission Accomplished

Robotic metal polishing; Mico Industries.
Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.

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

Vero Software Appoints Technical Team Leader

Carl Orton, Vero Software “I am very excited to take on this new role and work with our team to service and train our WorkNC customers. We have a great staff and products, and I am confident that we can continue to improve our service offerings and increase our revenues by helping our customers achieve success with our software."
Carl Orton is now their technical team leader for WorkNC in the Americas.

Mastercam Sponsors Oracle Team USA in America’s Cup

Part designs originate with Oracle and are sent to CBC. Mastercam software is the bridge between the CAD file of a part and the Poseidon 5-axis CNC machining center, directing the machine and cutting tool movements necessary to produce a part up to 59 ft x 20 ft x 10 ft. This has been used extensively to produce large composite tooling and components for Oracle Team USA’s AC72 America’s Cup racing yachts.
The CAD/CAM software is used to produce carbon fiber composite components for the team's racing yachts.

CNC Software Inc. Becomes Mazak VIP Partner

They bring Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to Mazak customers for milling, turning, wire EDM, router programming, plasma cutting and lasers, along with 3D design and drafting. 


CAD/CAM Software: Products

CAD/CAM Increases Milling Efficiency in Roughing and Extends Tool Life

Tebis Version 4.0 Release 2 CAD/CAM software is well suited for roughing and deep-cavity milling. In roughing, the depth of cut and the best utilization of cutting data ensure fast and cost-effective manufacturing while keeping tool costs low.
Version 4.0 Release 2 CAD/CAM software from Tebis, is especially well-suited to the rough machining of deep cavities and is effective for hard material machining as well.

Inexpensive But Powerful CAM for DIY

MILL-Xpress from MecSoft is tailored for the growing community of DIY makers and tinkerers who need easy to use, inexpensive but powerful software for programming CNC mills.

CAD/CAM Software Improves Automation, Machining and Feature Extraction

Parameter Sketcher: Alphacam 2016 R2 handles geometry with new ribbon bar command buttons added to the Parametric Sketcher dialog that enable users to associate an image with Parametric Sketches (.aeps) and Variables (.aepsvars). The associated images are displayed in the Project Manager Insert page. The dialog displayed when using the Run Parametric Sketch command is resizeable, and a toggle button switches between the associated image and preview.
Alphacam 2016 R2 from Vero improves machining performance with enhanced feature extraction and automated management of part geometry.