Computer-aided design (CAD) software and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software is used to design and manufacture prototype parts, finished products, and production runs. An integrated CAD/CAM system uses CAD software to design models and assemblies of a product and interface with CAM software that references and applies those models and assemblies created in the CAD software to program specific manufacturing processes, perform functional simulation that optimizes each process step, then drive the machine tools used to produce physical parts from the product designs.
Whatever size your shop might be, the road to digitalization is a trip worth taking.
The necessity of adopting software bridges the office and shop floor into a single digital thread your buyers can see.
Progressive and innovative metal-cutting machines and software speed up your processes by reducing cycle time and enhancing productivity.
By implementing intelligent toolpath strategies, one company was able to reduce cycle time for one part from 40 minutes to 10-to-15 minutes by achieving a full depth of cut, increasing feeds and speeds, and normalizing the load on the tool. How low can you go with these solutions?
Circular machining with low radial engagement and constant feed per tooth extends tool life by minimizing heat and vibration when machining extremely hard materials. CAM and control developers are making it easier for any size shop to add this technique to their capabilities.
GROB 5-axis machining center with Siemens CNC onboard reduces cycle time by 50% and tooling costs by 60% for Seattle-based job shop.
In the latest CIMdata report, Mastercam retained the top spot for CAM software in three categories: industry, education and support network.
Examine advances in automation and software that connect islands of digital data into a fully integrated solution to optimize machine efficiencies.
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