The advantages of CAD-CAM software are vast for CNC machine shops in just about every industry sector in manufacturing. CNC Automation technology is what machine shops have been falling back on for some time to stay lean and turn a profit faster and easier than without CAD-CAM. From adding efficiency to a CNC operation to reducing cycle times by as much as 70%, CAD-CAM and CNC machining technology has opened up the doors to innovation and the manufacturing of consumer products so that all of us can obtain things faster and more affordably than ever before. This doesn’t look like there will be any decline in development any time in the near future as industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, defense and many other sectors are loading up on technology to remain lean and profitable. Here are 5 of the top advantages to using CAD-CAM software in your shop.
CAD-CAM is used by manufacturing shops throughout the world that include sectors in aerospace, production machining, automotive & even farming equipment. That is just the beginning. The advantages are vast when it comes to creating a productive workflow for CNC machining with Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing software. Let’s take a look at 5 of these great advantages that are available.
Hot off the launch of Version 29, BobCAD-CAM announced today the release of a new Training Professor Video Series product that covers the company’s new, completely enhanced CAM software for CNC lathe programming.
“Helping our clients get the best possible return on their software investment is our top priority,” explained Walter Czyrsky, Technical Director at BobCAD-CAM. “These training videos are designed to do just that. Not only do they cover the basics of CAD and CAM, but they also cover more advanced topics that will help reduce programming times, improve surface finishes, and ultimately increase productivity.”
Offered as a learn-at-your-own-pace styled training product, the new videos offer a total of 156 videos, which amounts to over 7 hours of training. Also, included is a 644-page PDF manual and work-along CAD files.
With the Training Professor Video Series, new users get a comprehensive training tool that will help them get up and running quickly. The videos first cover the basics of programming – from setting up tools and tool holders, to defining the stock, and using the CAM Tree. The videos then progress to roughing, finishing, threading, grooving, boring, drilling, cut offs, and more.
Longtime BobCAD-CAM users will find this video set particularly beneficial as Version 29 introduces a ton of completely enhanced CAM features for lathe programming that allow users to program faster and more efficiently than ever before.
To make training even easier, every video lesson has been individually indexed by feature, making it simple to search for topics whenever users need help on a specific feature.
The Lathe Training Professor Video Series products are available now HERE or by phone 877-262-2231 ext 123.
Trial versions of the new BobCAD-CAM V29 CNC Lathe programming software can be downloaded HERE.
BobCAD-CAM, Inc. has announced that they will host a live webinar to provide an introduction to CNC programming with CAM software.
Created as an interactive live event, this webinar will provide an overview of BobCAD-CAM’s CAM software from the ground up, walking attendees through the basic steps of creating toolpath while providing tips and tricks for saving time in the process.
“With this webinar, we are going to dive into the fundamentals of CAM programming with BobCAD-CAM,” explained Cody Sheppard, Senior Technical Advisor at BobCAD-CAM. “So whether you’re new to BobCAD-CAM or new to CAM programming in general, this webinar is going to provide a clear and easy way for CNC programmers to go from part file to g-code in less time and with higher quality.
- Setting up the job
- 2.5 & 3 axis toolpaths
- Dynamic Machining Strategies™
- Error checking in simulation
- Setup sheets & generating g-code
Cody Sheppard is a CAD-CAM software specialist that works with designers, programmers, and shop owners to help identify ways to program more parts, faster and easier, for less. He is a professionally certified BobCAD-CAM Software Operator and has advanced training on SOLIDWORKS™.
Title: What You Need to Know About CAM Software
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Registration will be open through the start of the webinar, or until full. Space is limited, interested parties are encouraged to sign up and arrive early to secure a spot.
Free trial copies of the new BobCAD-CAM V29 CNC Programming software are available for download HERE.
Hot off the launch of Version 29, BobCAD-CAM announced today the release of two Training Professor Video Series products that cover the company’s new CAD design package and CAM software for CNC milling.
“Making sure our clients get the most out of their new software is our top priority,” explained Walter Czyrsky, Technical Director at BobCAD-CAM. “Not only will these videos help with the basics, but they also cover more advanced topics that can help reduce cycle times, improve surface finishes, and ultimately increase productivity.”
Designed as a learn-at-your-own-pace styled training product, the new videos offer a combined total of 197 videos, which amounts to over 11 hours of training. Also included is a 672-page PDF manual and CAD files that go along with the on-screen lessons.
With the Training Professor Video Series, new users are getting a comprehensive training tool that will have them up and running quickly. First, the videos cover the basics of programming – from defining the stock, to setting up the machine, and navigating the CAM Tree. Then they advance to more complex situations like gouge checking, adaptive toolpath programming, and tapered thread milling.
Longtime BobCAD-CAM users looking to sharpen their skills and learn the new features in V29 will enjoy the easy to navigate training menu. Every video lesson is individually indexed by feature, making it easy to watch topics of interest and go back to re-watch videos at any time.
The Mill & CAD Training Professor Video Series products are available now HERE or by phone 877-262-2231 ext 123.
A demo of the new BobCAD-CAM V29 CNC programming software can be downloaded from HERE.
BobCAD-CAM has been a computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing software provider for over 30 years. This CAD-CAM technology is used by machine shops around the world for design and CNC machine programming. BobCAD-CAM has released their core upgrade which is the new version 29 software.
You may not have heard of re:3D Inc. yet, but they’re quickly becoming one of the most innovative companies in the ever-growing and evolving world of 3D printing.
Founded by a group of ex-NASA engineers and Engineers Without Borders, this startup is already doing amazing things.
For one, they already tout the world’s most affordable, life-sized 3D printers. That’s impressive by itself.
But the why behind what they’re doing is important here.
As a company, they are pioneering a platform to develop the future. Based on what they’ve put together, it’s pretty clear they’re hitting the mark.
At re:3D, they believe that size shouldn’t hold you back. That’s why they’ve built their Gigabot printer to rival other industrial printers, but at 1/10 the cost! Plus, it boasts a build volume that’s 30X larger than desktop models.
But what’s really great about this company is their commitment to inspiring local solutions. Because ultimately, that’s what this company is all about.
As part of that commitment, they donate one Gigabot printer to a group dedicated to improving their community for every 100 Gigabots delivered. Now that’s awesome.
As a relatively young company, they’ve got tons of passion and energy that’s driving their success. And they still have that startup company feel, which makes them fun, approachable, and easy to get behind.
Plus, all you need is one look at any of their resumes and you know their team is comprised of the best of the best.
So what’s the latest with this company? Just check out their social media accounts and you’ll see they’re always on the move. They travel all over the world to show people what’s possible with their technology.
And as it happened – I ran into their Lead Machinist, Steve Johnson, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. That’s where I learned that they actually make all of their machined parts for their 3D printers inside BobCAD-CAM!
Just as a quick side note about Steve, he probably has one of the single best titles in his email signature, “Chip Slinger Extraordinaire”. #TitleGoals
Upon finding out that they use our software, I had to know how a bunch of brilliant, ex-NASA engineers use our software and more about their story.
Steve, as busy as he is, was happy to do a Q&A with me – here’s what we talked about…
How did you learn about BobCAD-CAM?
I researched online and found BobCAD-CAM several years ago when I was making motorcycle parts in my garage as a hobby side business. I originally purchased Version 22. When I came to work for re:3D, our company had no programming software at all. All programs were hand coded, and many of our toolpaths were very inefficient. Since we are a startup company only 3 years into business, I decided to upgrade to Version 28 out of my own pocket so that I could show our team the advantages of having a solid CAM system in place.
What was the reason you chose our software?
Having used BobCAD-CAM previously, I already knew the interface well. And because I was planning to buy the software myself, the entire decision was my choice to make. I went with what I felt was the best option, and the option I could afford. I used some money I had set aside for another project, and upgraded my package to Version 28.
What was the most important aspect when you were selecting your CAD/CAM software?
I wanted to take advantage of high speed milling toolpaths and present a modern approach to machining in the re:3D shop. re:3D being a company that was literally born from a group of ex-NASA employees who belong to Engineers Without Borders, re:3D’s focus is and always will be on making large scale 3D printers at a price that is accessible to everyone. Also, as a socially minded company, we give away a free Gigabot 3D printer for every 100 that we sell. So we operate on a very tight budget in order to be able to continue to meet our business and social goals. In order to achieve these goals, we try to eliminate unnecessary expenses anywhere we find them so we can keep the cost of Gigabot affordable. As a machinist with nearly 25 years in the industry, BobCAD-CAM has allowed me to not only reduce programming time, but also to create programs that reduce runtime, and increase tool life, effectively dropping our cost of production.
Tell me what your experience has been with our software, training, and support services.
Having upgraded to Version 28, a plethora of new cutting options have been opened, and tool management is very simple to use. At this point I have not done any training classes, but have benefited greatly from the Video Professor Series, which I purchased with both versions of BobCAD-CAM. I know support is right there if I need it, but so far, I haven’t had to use it, as everything works as it should. Even editing the Post Processors for our machines was simple and straightforward.
Can you think of a word that best describes BobCAD-CAM?
Value. Hands down, BobCAD-CAM brings the power of a high-end CAD-CAM system into an affordable price range that is not only perfect for small businesses such as re:3D, but for any manufacturing company. Buying software at three times the price and higher with the same capabilities just doesn’t make sense.
How has working with BobCAD-CAM changed the way your company makes your products?
Again, from hand coding to a modern toolpath approach, BobCAD-CAM has completely changed not only the quality of our product, but also our future possibilities. As we grow, we will acquire better machinery, and I have no doubt BobCAD-CAM will help us squeeze every drop of efficiency from our future offerings, allowing us to constantly bring a better project to market at a price that blows our competition out of the water.
Have you had our competitors approach you? If so, what did you tell them?
We are still a small company. But with Gigabots in 47 countries and our latest version of Gigabot releasing October 1st of this year, we aren’t getting any smaller. I imagine your competition will be at the door soon enough. But again, why pay more? BobCAD-CAM is exceeding our needs at a price that your competition can’t touch.
If a friend called you today and said they were thinking about using BobCAD-CAM, what would you tell them?
I have sent several business owners your way already. BobCAD-CAM hasn’t given me a reason to stop recommending them yet.
BobCAD-CAM has announced that they will be exhibiting at this years International manufacturing show; IMTS in Chicago, IL September 12 through 17. They will be in the BobCAD-CAM will be displaying their technology in the CAD-CAM Pavilion in Booth #E-3263.
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