BobCAD-CAM in the Automotive Industry
The automotive industry is constantly changing in an attempt to deliver products to consumers that are more desirable and more efficient. CAD/CAM technology has a great deal to do with how these automotive products are developed and produced not to mention that there is a great need for after-market automotive parts and products that continue to change our lifestyles in terms of this industry.
BobCAD-CAM software is an ideal solution for both the automaker as well as custom fabricators that need a powerful, yet affordable solution to supporting design and meeting their CAM, CNC programming requirements to make these parts.
Featured Automotive Success Story
Mike Gulla Racing
I recently upgraded to BobCAM Version 2 for SolidWorks and the software does everything it’s supposed to. Well worth the investment. For the money you just can’t go wrong. We do mostly short run three axis machining and R&D prototypes. BobCAM for Solidworks works great. The best thing about Version 2 is the changes to the Tool Library and your ability to upgrade, add or change tool information from one screen. Thanks BobCAD-CAM for a very good product at a fair price.
Island Racing Service Inc.
Automotive Industry Success Stories
The RCM Shop
Here at The RCM Shop we use BobCAD-CAM for 95% of our CNC programming needs. We got our first copy of BobCAD-CAM V23 software in August of 2009 because we found it to be a great value for the money. The RCM Shop was most impressed with BobCAD-CAM because their software was the only solution that could realistically get our projects done the way they needed them.
The RCM Shop
My name is Tom Leskovan. I currently hold the position of car chief at Tasca Racing. I started using BobCAD-CAM A bunch of years ago now. I used version 19 after being introduced to it by a fello racer. He gave me some manuals he had. I later bought it and started using the program. I found some of the things difficult to use. Later I upgraded to version 23. I can even begin to tell you how much nicer it was. The features it had made it so much user friendly. I have since gotten version 24. Once again am very happy with the progress that has been made in trying to make it more user friendly. I have used other drawing programs and other cam programs that cost a significant amount more then BobCAD-CAM. I have found BobCAD-CAM to be very competitive with these other programs. I make just as nice of parts for a ton less money. BobCAD-CAM gives you the posts and will help you with them. They give you any updates to their software for free. The other companies charge for these things. BobCAD-CAM also has a very good training seminar. I chose to go to one of them with Sorin. I can’t believe the difference it made in my ability to run the software after going. I highly recommend attending one of these. As Sorin has said many times “There is no draw my part button.” If you want the program to work you must put the time in. I believe BobCAD-CAM is a very good software at a fraction of the cost of the others.
Speed of Sound
In early 2005, a decision was made to purchase a small CNC machine and some software. While numerous new product ideas churned in my head, the ability to make them quickly and profitably was all but impossible for such a small company. Outsourcing this work proved to be either too costly, or simply too frustrating! In a move that seemed reckless at the time, a bench-top CNC machine and a license for BobCAD-CAM software was purchased and the “on the job” training began. No one in my operation had a background in CAD or machining, but we were determined to figure it out! The choice to purchase BobCAD-CAM was initially made for financial reasons, as there was no way the company could afford $15K for the big-name software. To us, it seemed comparable to purchasing a helicopter without getting one flying lesson!
We soon found that using BobCAD was not very difficult, and as our skills improved so did the complexity and quality of our work. Before too long, our tiny CNC machine had a 7000 pound “friend” delivered to keep it company. In 2012, we plan to add a third CNC machine to our shop as we continue to expand into both new product lines and market segments. We use the BobCAD software daily here at SOS, despite numerous sales calls from the “big guys” wanting our business.
Speed of Sound, LLC
I will confess right now I am somewhat new to the whole CNC thing. My wife and I have a sign business. I also restore old vintage sports cars. Somewhere along the way we decided that a CNC table router would be a good step up in the sign business as we could branch off to three dimensional and carved signs. Additionally there have always been parts and such that could not be sourced out and had to be made in house. We obtained a good used 5×10 foot router table and thought we were well on our way.
Next step was obtaining a software program, which would fill both needs. There are a lot of programs out there and quite frankly it was a difficult task to try to figure out the right one. I contacted many of the software companies and was astounded at the price and complexity of the systems.
In my search I came across the BobCAD system. I could was surprised at the price and wandered if the program would be too difficult to use or worse yet, not capable of the varied demands we would be putting on it. It did come with a Bob Art module along with the Cad Cam software. After talking to the people at Bob-cad I decided to take that route. I also got the 10 CD tutorial at the time. Mind you I had little to no experience with CNC.
I had a problem loading the software into my system. A call into BobCAD and they talked me through the process and had me make a few changes to my operating system. After that the system worked beautifully. I must say there was quite a learning curve. The online tutorials and Cd’s went a long way to get me where I needed to be. I think the most impressive thing about this system is that it works as advertised. As I learned more and more about CNC, and tried different and more involved projects, I was very pleasantly surprised. In each instance the BobCAD system had the tools to do what I needed to do.
What really impresses me about the system is that it is extremely versatile. The BobART allows me to do terrific V carves in unlimited fonts, do three-dimensional engraving from photos or sketches, and any number of other projects. Additionally I have used it to layout and cut perfect patterns for anything from aluminum dashboards and coolant tanks for vintage sports cars. The more I learn about the system, the more useful it becomes. I am very happy with the purchase. I found the software does exactly what it claims, and there seems to be unlimited potential for what it can do. I was also very pleased with the people at BobCAD, in that they really did follow up and genuinely cared that I was satisfied with their product.
Mathis Engineering Group
I’m a Race Car Engineer so I design and modify complex and sometimes very valuable and generally not replaceable castings, motor parts, suspension and other things on current and historic race cars. I’ve been using BobCAD for about a year. The simplicity of the system and the tool path verification features have made it possible for me to machine without the luxury of using setup parts. So far, there hasn’t been a single surprise that I couldn’t easily catch before cutting metal. I would even say the BobCAD software purchase was the best money spent in the whole shop! Thanks for you product support.
Mathis Engineering Group