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BobCAD-CAM Lathe software

High-Performance CAD-CAM for CNC Turning Centers

BobCAD-CAM software for 2-Axis Lathe and turning centers offer powerful toolpaths that outperform traditional canned cycles. Lathe CAD-CAM makes it easy and fast to set up 2-Axis toolpaths for OD and ID roughing, finishing, threading, grooving, boring, drilling, cut-offs and more. This powerful CAD-CAM software is a complete CNC programming solution for all of your simple and complex part geometries.

NEW FEATURE: MachiningCloud Integration

Adding tools is easier than ever with our new MachiningCloud partnership. Import your full tool assemblies (insert and holder) directly into the tool library or crib, including round boring bars. Discover all the exciting and powerful new features in BobCAD-CAM V33.


CAD-CAM for CNC Lathe allows you to design or import part geometry which you’ll assign toolpath strategies to using an intuitive, wizard guiding interface. BobCAD’s feature type programming makes it easy to control the direction of the cut and where on the part the toolpath is created.
New Pecking Options

New Pecking Options(New Feature)

Pecking Cycles are now available for center Drill, chamfer and reaming.

Chip Break

Chip Break(New Feature)

Eliminate bird nests with BobCAD’s new chip breaking option. Users can now customize their roughing cycles to chip break by defining the length of cut, time, or length of chip with this new option.

Feature Type Programming

Easily define where on your part geometry you want toolpath created using the feature type programming drop-down. Pick from OD, ID, Front Face & Back Face. Control right to left or left to right cutting based on region selection.

Separate Moves or Canned Cycles

Utilize your machine's canned cycles for short, efficient programs that are easy to edit at the control. Separate moves are available for those machines without canned cycle or when using BobCAD specific cycles.

Feature Constraints

Used as boundary to limit toolpath created on the Face, OD, ID or Back side of the part. Choose From Stock, From Geometry or Custom to dial in and restrict toolpath to desired areas.

Trim & Extend Toolpath

Stop editing geometry to trim back or extend out your toolpath. Using extensions users can enter a positive value to extend or negative value to trim back their toolpath. Independent control for the start and end of cut with optional angle extension.

Remove Undercuts

Jump over grooves and undercuts without editing your geometry. This feature parameter can be turned on at any time to prevent undercuts found parallel to the X or Z axis. Providing faster programming while reducing geometry editing.

Collision Checking Holder Avoidance

Avoid violating your geometry features with tool holder or insert geometry. This compensation option ensure collision-free programming for V groves and other part features where standard inserts and holders could gouge your part.

Tool Holder Definition

Quickly set up holders for right or left hand, neutral and back turning. Choose from the default holder shapes and enter sizes that define the holders.

Custom Insert & Holder Geometry

Users can draw their own inserts and holder profiles to match non-standard tooling. Custom shapes allow with gouge checking and undercutting compensation.


Roughing patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for offset patterns, bi-direction cutting and semi finishing. Define and use custom stock profiles to limit your toolpath, great for castings and in process stock profiles.


Finishing patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for continuous cutting, face cutting ( down cutting ) , diameter cutting ( shoulders ) and hybrid ( both). Use the custom overlap value to ensure no stock is left behind.


Grooving patterns that go beyond standard canned cycles. Allowing for Standard, Single-pass or Zig-Zag cutting. Advanced sorting options work from the center our, alternate steps and skip, accommodating for diverse material and tooling. Force down cutting for finishes collision checking and more!


Create thread on the OD, ID, Front Face and Back face of your parts. Supporting G32, G76 equivalent for straight or tapered threads. Acme, American National, British Standard Whitworth, Buttress, Metric, Sharep V, Square, Unified National.


Spot, Drill, Chamfer, Bore and Ream holes on your cnc lathe using BobCAD’s hole making wizard. Pick your depth and use the wizard to setup and define your operation, tool and settings. Create your custom templates to fast track future hole cycles.


Use the thread library to pick and call tap sizes, settings and tools. Utilizing the same workflow as the hole making wizard, users can quickly add multiple tools and operations to spot, drill ,tap holes on center line.


CAD Design Tree
Dynamic Drawing
Shape Library
2D / 3D Wireframes
2D Booleans
Project to Z Planes
Cross Section Viewing
Spun Profile
2D & 3D Geometry Creation Tools
Surface Construction
Solid Modeling
Solids Boolean Operations & Surface Editing
CAD Utilities, Translation, Mirroring, Stitching & Unstitching
Gear, CAMs & Sprocket Design Wizards
Bolt Hole & Grid Patterns
Text / Font Features & Complete Part Dimensioning
Geometry Cleanup & Optimize with Erase Double Entities
CAD Data Translation & Interoperability
Tool Library
Tool Crib
ISO Tool Definition
C, D, E, M, R, S,T, V, W Standard Insert Geometry
Laydown & Top Notch Threading Inserts
Custom Tool Profiles
Tip, Corner & Center Reference Point
Tool Holder Definition ( Left / Right, Neutral, Back )
Custom Tool Holder Profiles
Machining Order Optimization
Setup Sheet
Tool List
Toolpath Statistics
Universal Post Processor
Stock Wizard
Toolpath Groups
Lock/ Unlock Features / Operations
Tool Nose Compensation
Save & Load Feature
Copy & Paste Feature


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