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

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. 

SPRING Technologies Opens New Office in Malaysia

Eddie Wong manages sales and technical support of their software in the Southeast Asia region.

Surfcam Partners with SMTCL Americas

Surfcam 3D CAM software balances feature sets with ease of use on SMTCL milling, boring, turning, and drilling machines for automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, energy, construction, and consumer goods applications.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

Life in the Fast (Digital) Lane

Version 7.4 of VERICUT CNC simulation software from CGTech has a redesigned user interface, status window and tool manager, and includes the free Reviewer application that is enhanced with a new MDI option. Selecting a tool from the new Reviewer Tool Menu automatically sets the “Start” and “End” points of the simulation. 
As shops face demands to reduce expenses and turn jobs around ever faster, many are looking for improved digital productivity to slash costs and reduce their overall manufacturing cycle. Here is a review of the latest CAD/CAM software, new advances in machine controls, and machine-based simulation that can help them do it.

CAD/CAM Strategies for Universal Manufacturing

Version 4.0 of Tebis CAD/CAM offers a three different levels of options, myriad applications and uses to fit the size and ability of the user. Entry level shops with 3-axis milling machines can utilize Standard, a set of affordable low-end CAD/CAM tools; mid-sized shops with multi-axis machines get Pro, a higher level of automation; and the highest automation and machining strategies are available in Premium, for the most advanced and sophisticated shops.
Tebis CAD/CAM Version 4.0 is available in scalable multiple industry-specific bundles, with 56 different customizable application combinations to fit the respective part configuration size and technical ability of the user.

Affordable CAD/CAM Software

VisualCAD/CAM 2016 from MecSoft includes their additive manufacturing Visual 3DPRINT and VisualCAM subtractive manufacturing software in a product suite that features five modules fully integrated into the VisualCAD software base platform, including Visual3DPRINT, VisualMILL, VisualTURN, VisualNEST, and VisualART.
With enhanced VisualCAD/CAM 2016 from MecSoft, VisualCAD is provided as a completely free design tool.