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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

Surfcam Authorizes Tecknicam as Reseller in Argentina

Tecknicam will provide authorized CAD/CAM sales and support to industrial and educational customers.

3D Systems to Acquire Cimatron, GibbsCAM

3DS will acquire all outstanding shares for $97 million in cash.

Tebis Appoints New Technical Support Manager

Naren Suryadevara will also develop new procedures to respond to increased market activity and provide more customer services.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

VisualCAM Now Compatible with SolidWorks

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

IMTS 2014: Controls & CAD/CAM

Booth E-3345: Verisurf AUTOMATE is graphical object oriented sequencing and CMM probe path generation software that quickly and easily creates automated inspection plans, executes them and generates reports. AUTOMATE has intelligent sequence tree objects that support drag and drop re-ordered and are easily edited with logical right click options. Probe points and paths can be created and edited dynamically on CAD features or surfaces including specialized routines for helical and radial features.  
Here is the world of custom automation and the latest software that is needed to extract the maximum efficiency from your machine tool and optimize your plant operations with cost efficiency.

Composite Laying Simulation Becomes a Reality

Just as it does in conventional machining, NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 from SPRING Technologies decodes all types of NC programs, representing the complete machine environment in 3D to identify and analyze programming errors and collisions. The “Composite” option of this version also enables a dynamic representation of fiber ribbon laying, taking into consideration the 3D form of the carbon fiber. The positioning of each fiber in the ribbon is managed independently.
The latest version of NCSIMUL Machine 9.1, the flagship machining simulation software from SPRING Technologies,now makes it possible to replicate material laying processes executed by numerical control machines.