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CAD/CAM Software

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.

Adaptive Machining Explained

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single discussion that explains the correct direction for successful entry into the high-speed /adaptive machining arena.

CAD/CAM Software: Articles

Adaptive Machining Explained

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single discussion that explains the correct direction for successful entry into the high-speed /adaptive machining arena.

This primer brings all of the required elements together into a single...

To Beat the Skills Gap, Join the Control Conversation

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve as a bridge across the skills gap, a way to bring new professionals into the industry and keep manufacturing alive and well in North America.

Machine tools with advanced conversational programming capabilities supported by comprehensive training serve...

Making it Wrong to Make it Right

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The world of a CAM programmer may seem idyllic: They build toolpath strategies in logical sequences, select cutters from a library, and calculate and simulate results on the monitor. But there are complex challenges when moving from the sterile programming office to the shop floor, where the theoretical process becomes real.

The world of a CAM programmer may seem idyllic: They build toolpath...

The Competitive Edge of Simulating Hybrid Operations

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Realistic simulation of the entire hybrid process enables users to verify that the part will be built correctly, without causing damage to the part, machine, or expensive laser equipment. This enables shops to gain a competitive edge by choosing the best manufacturing strategies for creating, customizing and/or repairing products – all while redefining their current production technology to create new possibilities.

Realistic simulation of the entire hybrid process enables users to verify that...

Using Advanced CAD/CAM to Optimize Machining of Complex, Progressive Stamping Dies

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Stamping dies feature complex geometries with tight tolerances that can take time to produce due to tooling changes, breakages, or programming challenges. This machine shop shares some insights on how they use powerful CAD/CAM software for easier and more functional programming that minimizes time and costs.

Stamping dies feature complex geometries with tight tolerances that can take time...
CAD/CAM Software: Products

Multiaxis Machining Gives Shops Competitive Advantage

Mastercam Multiaxis simultaneous 4- and 5-axis machining

With simultaneous 4- and 5-axis machining capabilities, the Mastercam Multiaxis add-on puts basic and advanced machining strategies into the user’s hands. A ‘near miss tolerance’ setting lets the machinist determine how close the cutter can come to the part.

With simultaneous 4- and 5-axis machining capabilities, the Mastercam Multiaxis add-on puts...

Upgraded Milling Software Suite

The latest version of hyperMILL 2020.1 CAD/CAM software from Open Mind Technologies includes 3D and 5-axis machining enhancements for complex parts as well as new automation and additive manufacturing strategies.

The latest version of hyperMILL 2020.1 CAD/CAM software from Open Mind Technologies...
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