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Who wouldn’t want to be more efficient in their machining process? Work smarter not harder becomes less of a saying and more of a reality with 3D CAD-CAM software. Machinists are steadily realizing that 3D CAD-CAM software is a great way to improve CNC machining in their shops. As time passes, CNC machining continues to make huge technological improvements and the automation allows shops to produce better parts faster, leading to higher profit margins. For those who may be newer to machining and programming, some benefits of CAD-CAM software include:
Quicker CNC programming times.
Improved CNC cycle times.
The streamlining of productivity.
Efficient roughing & finishing Toolpaths equalling better part finishes.
Reduced waste/ scrapped material.
More efficient NC programs.
Flexible posting for various CNC machine tools.
Greater ease of learning for new CAD-CAM programmers.
Many manufacturers are moving away from manually programming their CNC machines in favor of CAD-CAM software that essentially cuts their labor time in half. The automation not only saves them time, it eliminates a lot of the guesswork that goes along with manual programming. The latest 3D CAD-CAM software allows shops to explore Dynamic Machining Strategies that allows the user to apply multiple 3D CNC machining strategies to just a single CAD feature. Higher speeds are synonymous with more quality cuts and quicker cut times. Dynamic Machine Strategies afford users more time as well as offering them the ability to select high-speed adaptive cutting Toolpath for deeper cuts at higher speeds. Equidistant Offset and REST machining operations come next to finish complex 3D models more efficiently than earlier CAD-CAM software versions. Less experienced machinists will find that the wizards located within the software make life so much easier. Machining wizards will guide users through a series of steps that organize necessary machining operations.
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Multiaxis CNC machining Toolpaths can be established with highly complex machining technology. 3D CAD-CAM software allows the user to evaluate cutting strategies and smoothly flows them through the machining process as they set up things from stock preparations to simulation and generating a posted g-code for various CNC controllers. Additionally, customizable tool libraries make it easy for the user to get the exact tool size they need so they can evaluate multi-tool drilling operations that use multiple strategies in one operation like Center Drill, Drill and Chamfer. Ease of use is probably one of the most desired traits in the industry and that’s exactly what you get when using BobCAD’s 3D CAD-CAM software in your machine shop… well, that and power! Thank you for reading another Tech Tuesday; see you next week!
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