3 Things To Consider With CAD-CAM Programming vs Conversational Programming

Posted June 10, 2018 4:22 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

While CAD-CAM programming continues to advance and pave the way for faster, smarter and more profitable CNC manufacturing, we want to also look at how Conversational programming is also helping manufacturers be on top of their game. In order to do this, we have segmented 3 important aspects of programming so you can understand their differences and make the best technological choices for your machine shop. Here are 3 the things to know more about that will benefit you and your machine shop.

1. Working with Customer CAD Files

In today’s era of consumers expecting variety, affordability and instant gratification, manufacturers need to be able to work with 3D models because it is far easier to visualize, use for prototyping and even machine with a CAD-CAM product.
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Conversational Programming:
Some conversational programming interfaces allow you to import drawing files, but many do not. Even if you can import a drawing you have limited control over cut order and programming processing.

CAD-CAM Programming:
CAD-CAM systems provide greater control and flexibility when working with customer files. One way they accomplish this is by offering extensive file translators, giving users more options for the type of geometry they can work with. Users have the ability to edit drawings as needed, adding to or taking away from the design to aiding in the programming of the geometry.

While some CNC machines offer file import capabilities they are not capable of opening complex models, disassembling them, making on-the-fly modifications, healing or repairing surface geometry and other issues that can occur. Because of this, they are limited, where a CAD-CAM software gives more choices and option that you’ll need to generate a perfect CNC program.

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2D Milling Simulation CAD-CAM Software CNC Programming2. Part Programming Efficiency

CNC programmers look for technology that helps them reduce programming times, eliminate errors and speed up production. To increase efficiency modern manufactures adopt technology that pushes their machines, tooling and programmers to their limits. Getting the most efficiency out of the shop to reach the highest levels of profitability is the number 1 concert for many job shop manufacturers. Technology like advanced tooling, toolpath to target rest material, high speed – high material removal rates and other cutting features that are available to CNC programmer help accomplish this. Where can these efficiencies be found when programming?

Conversational Programming:
Conversational programming offers a quick and effective way to program your parts based on user input. Using canned cycles the machine offers, conversational programming allows you to program your parts. Generally, there are limited choices and options when it comes to programming, which is perfect for simple parts.

CAD-CAM Programming:
The CAD-CAM programmer has access to more programming cycles / toolpaths that typically are unsupported by conversational programming. Using today’s advanced CAD CAM software programmers utilize adaptive toolpath for high-speed machining, which has major advantages with huge returns for shops. Thus, allowing jobs to run faster and more efficiently using robust modern toolpath routines. Other features include the ability to re-order machining operations, optimize hole to hole movements, reuse cycles and powerful graphics to give programmers confidence and the feedback they need.

CAD-CAM software provides a variety of toolpath cutting strategies that support roughing, semi-finishing and finishing. The process is completely automated to save time, reduce errors, increase efficiency and give you back perfect parts at the CNC machine tool. Offline CAD-CAM programming is worth the investment for CNC manufacturing.

3. Complexity of Work

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Modern parts manufacturing continues to change and move forward. The powerful features that today’s CAD Design software can provide makes it easier to work with 3D CAD models and provide them for all aspects of manufacturing. 3D models are becoming more and more the standard because of the advantages that this gives shops to their customers. Because of the advantages of working with 3D models, we’ll look at how these models are used in the CNC machining process.

Conversational Programming:
Conversational programming offers a simple and effective way to program parts. Providing a handful of cycles to profile parts, drill holes, cut pockets maybe even thread mill. When programming more complex jobs, conversational programming takes a step-by-step approach which is less efficient when working with jobs that have many programming cycles to be run on them.

CAD-CAM Programming:
CAD-CAM programming offers great part programming organization and flexibility. Users populate a CAM tree with as few or as many cycles necessary to complete the job. They can save and load cutting features from one job to the next allowing for more efficient programming and less chance of error. Because the operator is working off a drawing file, there is no math necessary to program the part’s profile, holes, and pockets. Allowing you to program simple or complex jobs with the same ease and flexibility.

Managing a complex CNC programming job can be challenging. CAD-CAM gives you the utilities you need to be flexible, yet in control of the outcome. In the end, CAD-CAM gets complex part jobs done faster, smarter and when it comes to time being money… a lot more cost effective.

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3 Things To Consider With CAD-CAM Programming vs Conversational Programming
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3 Things To Consider With CAD-CAM Programming vs Conversational Programming
CNC machine shops rely on CAD-CAM programming automation to remain on the modern edge of part-making. This article compares 3 important points that separate the difference between conversational programming and CAD-CAM programming.

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