CAD/CAM Software

Using Software To Better Run Your Shop

In today’s manufacturing environment, software has evolved. No longer designed for simple NC code and nesting parts for the best material utilization, it has become an increasingly useful and necessary tool for any production facility. Look for software modules which can be tailored to your needs and can create an ideal interaction between machine, control system, and production software. 
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CAD/CAM Software: Articles

Project Nesting: The New Ideal for Small Job Shops

The shop previously ran just one product or one kit of parts on a sheet, and all for the same customer. They hardly used to mix and match at all. Now the shop might have five sheets comprising different nests of different parts for different customers.
They can manufacture parts for customers across a range of industrial sectors at any one time, including medical, commercial vehicles, leisure, electronics and agricultural.
This engineering subcontractor explains how CAD/CAM project nesting technology has changed his life and completely revolutionized the way his job shop increased its workload capacity.

When Old Becomes New

Continual upgrades of its cutting operations with JETCAM software and Hypertherm high-definition plasma technology enabled Canadian job shop GT Metal Products to grow its business, shrink its operating costs and become an aggressive competitor in diverse metal fabrication markets.

 

CAD/CAM Software: Industry News

Cincinnati Incorporated Begins Partner Collaboration

Third-party suppliers will validate and test software, tooling and automation to work with their equipment.

JETCAM Partners with Assembly Guidance

This move provides a seamless, end-to-end integration of software operations for aerospace and automotive users of composite fiber systems.

Radan Expands Staff

New sales hires include Jason Ascheman, Chris Streau, Jim Frick and Mark White. Nick Willcoxen was promoted to the sales staff and Ken Moran and Nigel Dsouza were added to technical support.
Seven new members provide sales and support for sheet metal CAD/CAM applications.

 

CAD/CAM Software: Products

CAD/CAM Software Creates More Compact Nests

Radan 2015 automatically calculates the thicknesses of imported redesigned parts to unfold them faster and more accurately. Users can manually specify the top face much earlier in the programming process to ensure that the visible face of a part remains scratch-free.
Radan 2015 from Vero Software spreads parts more evenly throughout the sheet, better utilizes the middle of the sheet, and automatically applies rectangular nesting for nearly-rectangular parts to maximize the sheet.

CAD/CAM Software Further Reduces Human Intervention

The software includes a new interface that quickly modifies tool path parameters assigned to individual parts or across nested layouts.
The 2015 release from Striker Systems recognizes part features requiring special tool operations, optimizes tool paths better when nesting, and uses automatic tool loading and re-punching of parts to handle moves between tool setups.

Quicker Nesting of Parts on Multiple Sheets

SigmaNEST Version 10.2 offers a Split Window allowing different areas of the work-space to be viewed simultaneously. Users may also manually nest parts across the split windows and onto other sheets.  This provides quick nesting of parts onto multiple sheets without having to select the layout from the list.
SigmaNEST version 10.2 from SigmaTEK provides quick nesting of parts onto multiple sheets without having to select the layout from the list.