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CAD-CAM Software with Tools Tools and More Tools

CAD-CAM software offers tool data via customizable libraries that add background intelligence to creating toolpath and the right NC program for your machine tool. How does it all work in popular CAD-CAM? Keep reading to learn more.
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5 Ways To Make CAD-CAM Implementation Easy

Getting started with a CAD-CAM product can sometimes be challenging when going about it on your own. Because CAD-CAM is such an important aspect of any shops CNC machining productivity, profitability and success we wanted to provide some assistance to help you get started. While these 5 elements are not everything, they are important and if followed, your shop will be well on its way to achieving improved productivity in CNC programming with less down time due to implementation challenges.

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High Speed CAD-CAM Technology Helps Manufacturer Increase Production, Quality & Profitability

KPI Machining in Illinois Uses High Speed CAD-CAM Technology To Increase Production, Quality & Profitability

It is no mystery to Eric Pine, Production Manager of KPI Machining in Sheridan Illinois that to stay lean, productive and profitable in their CNC machining while turning out quality parts, they turn to cutting edge CAD/CAM technology to give them an edge. “KPI Machining, Inc. is more than just another machine shop. We take pride in our work. Utilizing a planned, organized approach to every job, we assure high quality, reduced lead-times and offer reasonable costs”, comments the company. KPI Machining is a job shop that produces CNC milled and CNC turned components with an emphasis on producing low quantity orders (1-500 parts). KPI offers a variety of services and capabilities in precision machining and much of their focus is on general milling and 3D machining towards their Haas VF3.

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What is CAD-CAM Software

CAD-CAM stands for Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing.

CAD-CAM Software This software is widely used for drawing 2D & 3D shapes, things that will later be translated into a machine language (CAM) such as “G-Code. This numeric code is then sent to the machine tool such as a milling machine or a lathe typically via an RS 232 Communications cable. CAD software in todays market is much more capable than even 10 years ago. Originally, drafting software was primarily 2 dimensional until the 1980’s when solid modeling technology was made available for personal desktop computers. Complete assembly models can be constructed piece by piece as 3D models and assembled in a Parametric Design tree within the software interface. If one aspect of the model is changed, associated component models can be updated to properly reflect change. Building and editing solids and surfaces is much easier with a modern Parametric modeling solution.

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CAD-CAM Software – High Speed CNC Machining

When it comes to CNC machining time is money. This is where High Speed Machining really delivers. That’s why professionals like Ken Herring, legendary race car design engineer trust BobCAD-CAM to fill the need for speed by reducing cycle times and cut any part faster than ever before.
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Top 10 Advantages in 2014 to Using CAD-CAM in the CNC Manufacturing Process

cad-cam-high-speed-machiningCAD-CAM software is used by thousands of CNC Machine shops around the world for its advantages in CNC manufacturing. CAD-CAM software is found in shops both small and large througout America and in other countries because in order to stay competitive and productive you have to have and use it. From Design to machining strategies and g-code programming, CAD-CAM has many advantages.
Here are 10 of the top advantages in 2014 to adding CAD-CAM software to your CNC toolkit.
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High Speed Machining Vs. Traditional Offset Machining

By adding High Speed machining operations into your part-making process you can achieve excellent results faster than by using traditional offset toolpaths. It isn’t only just for 2 Axis CAD-CAM programming anymore. The latest CNC machining technologies in CAD-CAM software include High Speed Machining operations for 3 Axis as well as 4th and even full simultaneous 5th Axis CNC Milling. The following CAM Clip video shows a direct side by side comparison between these two types of machining operations and how they relate to CAD-CAM software for advanced CNC metalworking.

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An Artist Combines Traditional Craftsmanship With Modern Artistic CAD-CAM Software for Success

Artistic CAD-CAM Software Provides Boundless Possibilities for The Imagination and Creativity of a True Artist & Craftsman
Artist Francisco Rodriguez GuillenFrancisco Rodriguez Guillen is a Costa Rican artist who combines cabinetmaking and art with CNC machining technology to produce stunning finished projects. He expresses his job is cabinetmaking while his passion is Marquetry, or inlay type craftsmanship and artistry. Marquetry is an art which originated in the Middle Ages, in the Muslim world. The origin of its name is French (Marqueté) and is synonymous with the word “inlay”. Francisco studied music at Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica, 1990 – 1994) and after that he studied cabinetmaking in Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Learning Institute, Costa Rica, 1996 – 2000). Since 1994 he works in his own company where he focuses on cabinetmaking and his art. Francisco started as an artist in working with custom woods in 1995 and has specialized in Marquetry (inlay) since 2000. He has no mechanical engineering background, has no CNC machining experience and has never used CAD-CAM software before, yet he saw the potential and decided to take a chance on technology as the means to expand his vision and automate the process.
francisco-inlay-custom-art-woodworking“Wood contains its own colors, shapes, textures and smells impregnated in every piece. My art seeks to understand and express the poetry of wood and for this I use my marquetry”, commented Francisco when discussing his art. His highly specialized work has been exhibited in various places in Costa Rica such as:
– Gallery Sophia Wanamaker, in July 2008
– Librery Joaquín García Monge, in November 2008
– Supreme Electoral Tribunal, in May 2009
– Great Hotel Costa Rica, in August 2009
– Legislative Assembly, in September 2009
– Cultural Association Dante Alighieri, in June 2010
– Valoarte, in October 2010
– Valoarte, in September 2011
– Gallery 1887 of Department of Culture and Youth, in October 2011

As a result of the work that Francisco has done to present his work online since January 2010, more than 40 artists have recognized and congratulated him (Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Canada, United States, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Australia), one of them being Paul Krenz who is the renowned German artist of Marquetry.

Francisco first got involved in CNC machining 2 years ago and acquired his first CNC router with a 4th Axis and a Mach3 controller in February 2013. At the same time he acquired a license of the BobCAD-CAM CNC programming software and the BobART artistic add-on module in order to create his designs and then machine them out of different types of wood. Continue Reading…

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Dynamic Machining Strategies™ | DMS™

What are Dynamic Machining Strategies™?

CNC shops are always looking for faster, smarter and easier ways to program parts with the latest in CAD-CAM technologies. A significant attribute in CAM software is the Job Tree or CAM Tree Manager that allows the user to list out all of the machining strategies along with their parameters for cutting for a job, all within the software interface. Among CAM Tree features having to do with cutting conditions, tooling, post processing, material libraries and much more are the toolpath strategies themselves. An advantage in working with a CAM Tree is that machining strategies are easily accessible and sometimes “Wizard Driven” within CAD-CAM software. The wizard approach streamlines procedure and steps the user through process, removes programming guesswork and keeps machining input variables in proper order for the user to dictate what the toolpath outcome will be before actual cnc machining takes place.

cadcamsoftwareprocessA wizard is designed to provide a simplified workflow while continuing to give users the ability to control things themselves as they need to. An example of this is the tool page of the machining wizard which allows the programmer to use “system” tool parameters or override them such as the offsets, cutting feedrates, plunge feedrates or even adjust arc slowdown percentages for slowing down the cutting speeds as the tool approaches a corner amongst other important inputs. Wizards allow the user to make necessary changes on the fly without having to leave the wizard and edit variables in a VB script environment. Machining wizards also include parameters for toolpath linking, controlling options for tool lead-in and lead-outs, cutting direction controls for climb or conventional milling, toolpath offsets G41 or G42 and machining sequences along with the many other factors that go into determining the outcome of machine toolpath. Now we can introduce the latest achievements in CAD-CAM that includes what are now known as Dynamic Machining Strategies or DMS functionality in CAD-CAM CNC Software. Continue reading…
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CAD-CAM Software and Feature Based Machining

Is it another CAM-Based term for Geometry-Machining?

Almost every manufacturing CNC shop deals with solid models. Decades of CAD Design technology advancements have allowed designers to create models faster, smarter and easier than ever before. In fact, Parametric CAD modeling has allowed designers to collaborate and make changes far easier than even 10 years ago. This is because CAD model components that make up a model assembly contain the data necessary to edit and “update” complete assemblies within the blink of an eye. A decade ago there were few design products that offered such capabilities that included stress and heat analysis among other benefits. Todays design systems allow you to collaborate freely, pass data back and forth from designer to designer with construction, feature and change histories including full detail as to what each component is. This is the future of innovation happening right now. But how does CAM take advantage of such power and flexibility? Is Feature Based CAM really Feature Based CAM? The answer is yes…..and no. Continue reading…

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