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BobCAD-CAM Lathe

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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 offers powerful toolpaths that outperform traditional canned cycles. Lathe CAD-CAM makes it easy and fast to setup 2 axis toolpaths for outside diameter and inside diameter 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: Redesigned User Interface

The newly redesigned user interface features a modern, Ribbon-style UI. This will help users discover functions easier. With the intuitive organization of the interface, users will be able to remember where functions are easier, and as the software grows, it will be much easier to find new functions in already familiar groups. Discover all the exciting and powerful new features in BobCAD-CAM V31.


CAD-CAM for CNC Lathe allows you to design or import part geometry which you’ll assign toolpath strategies 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.

Canned Cycles

Utilize your machine's canned cycles for short, efficient programs that are easy to edit at the control. Optional separate moves are available for those machines without canned cycle for OD / ID rough & finish.

Custom Tool Holder & Inserts

Easily define tool profiles with standard tool shape options or draw your custom tool profile to match your exact tool. Toolpath calculations take into consideration a custom-defined tool holder and insert geometry to avoid costly gouging and eliminate potential air cutting.

Facing, Threading, & Grooving Cycles

Facing, threading, and grooving cycles are supported on the OD and ID and can be posted as separate moves or as canned cycles.

Collision Detection

Utilize a standard or offset pattern that cuts in a single or bi-directional tool motion.


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


CNC Software Package, Support, & Training for Your CNC Shop