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The CAD/CAM Software Stock Wizard Solution

How Does CAD/CAM Software address the Stock Setup Process?

CAD-CAM software makes programming cnc machines faster, smarter and easier. This being the case we are taking a look at how a CAD/CAM product addresses the stock setup process. The stock setup procedure will tend to vary from product to product. Even though this is true, every CAD/CAM software product should have a Material Database as well as a method for allowing a programmer to quickly establish the stock for the part within the process of creating a job.

  • Material Database
  • Stock Setup Procedure

Early CAD-CAM software products were wireframe based and relied on straight line and arc type geometry for creating toolpath in order to generate an NC program for a machine tool. Modern CAD/CAM products are much more robust, allowing much more flexibility in setting up the parts stock because of solid modeling technology development and behind the scenes intelligence that allows software to recognize all of the different geometry types and deal with them correctly based on feature design.

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CAD/CAM Software & Machine Toolpath Wizards

Who said CAD/CAM was going to be easy?

CAD-CAM software can be a challenge to fully learn how to use for everything a CNC shop needs in order to program parts and output the correct g-code program efficiently. For as long as there has been CAD/CAM software, developers have faced the challenge of providing more and more functionality while continuing to keep these products easy to use. It hasn’t been easy. Ask any developer and they will tell you that the more features a CNC programming system has, the steeper the learning curves will be and the more technical support issues there will be. Yet without CAD/CAM, CNC shops simply cannot stay competitive and efficient.

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CAD-CAM in Manufacturing Process

Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) software is a utility used in CNC programming automation. It allows us to not only innovate and design the products we live with and use in our every-day lives, it is the solution to CNC machining products more efficiently, smarter and more profitably than ever before. Ever wonder how the things we use are made? How is it that when we shop for things, that there are so many to pick and choose from? Not only this, but these items are more affordable, easier to access and being produced faster and faster than they were even 10 years ago. Part of the answer to these questions is the CAD/CAM software that is being used to produce these things along with major advances in computer hardware within the last 10-15 years. From the production of rockets to cell phones and just about everything in between, CNC manufacturing businesses rely heavily on the CAD-CAM software that is developed today as a key solution to keeping production workflow efficient, lean and profitable.

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The Cost of Getting Trained

We wanted to know more about what the “cost of getting trained” really is? When we talk to business professionals and successful employees we typically end up with very similar answers. The top answer includes this: Training increases employee productivity. In addition to learning how to complete new tasks and take on more responsibility, employees can learn advanced techniques to help them complete everyday tasks more efficiently.
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Are You Using the Right CAD/CAM Software For Your Shop?

It’s important to re-evaluate your CAD/CAM software every year to make sure that it’s keeping up with the demands of your business. If your machining needs change as your business grows, your software needs will change right along with them. In order to maintain a successful cnc business, it is essential to considering the following aspects to see if your current software matches up.
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How’s Your Virtual “Over-The-Partition” Learning Network Helping You Get Clients & Make New CNC Money?

So it’s Wednesday morning and you have a job ready to go on the CNC machine and a design modification comes in that grinds the whole project to a stand-still. Now what? It’s a simple change to the design that requires a new toolpath strategy and NC program for your $100,000 CNC machine tool. Work holding…no problem! Tooling…no problem! Material…no problem! Let’s fix the part file and roll out some new cutter path and simulate it! But wait…you pull up the part file and have NO idea how to update the roughing and finishing paths and generate a new toolpath. The client is on the way over and your programmer is not there. And even if he is, what is your turn around time on this type of process modification? Whether it’s a simple one or a complex one, you know one thing and that is you have a CAD/CAM software product that you were told would “do it” no problem. You, and thousands of other programmers or shop owners, go through this regularly. Most of us would like to think or be in a situation where we could just “lean over the partition” and ask our neighboring colleague for some help, a quick tip, or that golden nugget of non-formal data that brings it all together.
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Full CAD/CAM Training Increases Employee Productivity

The true power and versatility of MultiAxis programming can only be harnessed with software training. Throughout the history of the CAD-CAM software industry, companies have boasted huge advancements in technology that save time and provide better designed and better machined parts. The reality is that no software or program can replace a skilled machinist. A well trained machinist is the necessary connection between designing and programming parts correctly and actually machining the part correctly.
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