5 Profitable Advantages to using CAD-CAM Software

Posted November 16, 2016 1:51 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM

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.


Cad-CAM Software Increases productivity by Up To 50% Right Out of The Box

milling2CNC Shops that are not actively using CNC programming software stand to increase their productivity by as much as 50% by using it to program parts on their CNC machine tools almost immediately. The goal is to program parts while machining programs. This makes CNC milling software profitable right from the box in terms of increased productivity. Gone are the days of having to hand calculate toolpaths for CNC machining as CAD-CAM is the solution.


CAD-CAM Software Can Cross Post to Multiple Machine Tools on The Shop Floor

CNC-WorkerCAD-CAM software provides customizable post processors that allow a machinist to set up jobs that can be efficiently run on more than one CNC machine on the shop floor. CAM vendors typically supply free post processors for hundreds of machines like Haas, Hurco, Mazak, Bridgeport, Fanuc and many others. Popular home built or retrofitted CNC machine controllers often use popular controller software products such as Mach3. CAM programming software will also allow users to set up posting through a series of post check boxes or VB scripting type formats. In the end, CAD-CAM products are basically useless without a working post processor to generate the correct G-Code or NC file to use at the machine tool. The profitable benefit is being able to cross post jobs to more than just one machine at a time.

CAD-CAM Software Time Savings – Streamline CNC Programming Workflow

CAD-CAM software allows the operator/machinist to quickly program toolpaths based off of 2D or 3D CAD geometry. CAM systems are often “Wizard Driven” which steps the operator through the programming process. Integrated CAD-CAM allows shops to connect with their customers CAD Files and efficiently machine them. CAM software allows machinists to keep jobs organized with material data, tools and editable toolpaths in one place. These features streamline the process of generating NC programs efficiently.

CAD-CAM Software Offers Intelligent Toolpaths That Reduce Cycle Times

3_Axis_Flatlands_CAD_CAM_CNC_SoftwareB350CAD-CAM software technology now offers high speed trochoidal type toolpaths that reduce stop and go tool motion allowing machinists to make deeper cuts and much higher speeds. High Speed toolpaths can reduce cycle times by as much as 70%. Other toolpath machining operations include REST or RE-Machining added to normal finishing toolpaths. These types of machine toolpath strategies are faster and more intelligent. The controlled arc of engagement generates low cutting forces which enable high axial depths of cut. Multi-edged tools can be used which enable high table feeds with secure tool life. In other words, deeper cuts can be achieved easily. The whole cutting edge length can be utilized ensuring that the heat and wear are uniform and spread out, leading to longer tool life. With High Speed machining there is a constant tool engagement, deeper cutting and NO stop and go. High Speed toolpaths are excellent for slotting and pocketing when vibration is a problem. Much higher speeds are used resulting in superior finishes due to a number of factors (reduced tool deflection, vibration/chatter etc.) while machine cycle times are vastly reduced. Thus the machinist can expect shorter cycle times on jobs leading to what can be called, “Profit Milling.”

CAD-CAM Simulation Reduces Costly Mistakes

bobcad-v28-cad-cam-cnc-softwareCAD-CAM software often provides virtual simulation functionality that allows the machinist to inspect toolpaths prior to machining. Simulation shows tool gouges or collisions that can sometimes happen. 3D parts are more complex and tool holders can sometimes crash in steep cavities regardless of how Z-Level toolpaths are created. Therefore it is critical that simulation be added to the process to visualize machining before actually running the program at the machine tool. Other benefits include cycle time calculation and what is called, “machined part deviation.” This is where the machinist can see the difference between the model and machined part to inspect tolerances and machining results.


BobCAD-CAM has provided CAD-CAM CNC Software products to the global manufacturing industry for over 30 years. BobCAD-CAM software can be found to increase CNC productivity for many applications including educational and independent hobby home use. BobCAD-CAM also provides a variety of quality training products that include regional and online training classes or private sessions tailored to specific applications that can result in professional certification as well as multi-tiered technical support solutions to their service customers. Call BobCAD-CAM at 877-262-2231 X123 or 727-442-3554 X123.

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