5 Ways Shops Like Yours Cut Their Programming Time In Half with CAM Software

Posted November 2, 2018 2:39 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

Are you a job shop manufacturer looking for ways to reduce programming times and improve your process? If so, this article is for you.
1) Importing CAD Files
cad files in bobcad cnc softwareYes, that’s right, being able to work with a variety of customer files types that may come your way is a huge time saver. Especially when working with solid model files or wireframe drawings. If you can open them, you can measure them, edit them and even convert them to g-code. Working with CAD is way faster than doing the math on your own. And yes, we’re talking to you gunslinger g-code assassins. We know you’re good, but we are better.
2) Cross-Posting
g-code written by bobcad cam softwareWe write hundreds of lines of g-code in seconds, programming all kinds of 2 axis, 3 axis and beyond CNC movements. Cut everything from basic hole cycles to complex hard milling on full 5 axis & multi-task machines. Using BobCAD’s post processors, you can write g-code for multiple types of machines, machine configurations and controllers. Easily switch between control types and machine configurations. This gives you the ability to wire g-code for the machine you currently have and the one you’ll get in the future that you haven’t thought about yet.

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3) Simulation & Reporting
simulation in v31 bobcad cam software Seeing what’s going on before you get out to the machine can make a huge difference. Thinking something through is one thing, seeing it in real time is another. Before you set up a single work offset or optimizing fixturing for a production run, don’t you want to see what you planned out in your head? Such as seeing which direction your tool is going, how far it’s sticking out, what clamp fixtures or work holdings might be in the way. How long it takes, how much stock is left, how much clearance do I have? Simulating and reporting helps you avoid costly mistakes and gain a greater understanding of job requirements. Prove out processes before the job material, equipment or tooling is available.
4) Save and Load Machining Features
Reuse your toolpath settings and establish standard processes. Each tool, material, setup and machine have a fine balance. How aggressive you cut, the stock you leave for finish & how fast you go has to be in tune with each other. Through testing, experience and learning from the experience of others, you can capture these best practices and re-use them over and over again.
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5) Adaptive Toolpaths
CNC machines are powerful and fast. You need to take advantage of what modern cutting strategies have to offer. Cut deeper, run smoother and increase material removal rates. Ok, so maybe this one is more about cutting cycle times down, but you decide what’s most important for you.

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