CAD/CAM Software

No modern fabrication shop would be complete without computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). This technology area has information on 3-D modeling, nesting, machine control, and process simulation.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling a cable harness

October 17, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers techniques for adding parametric harness connections to models.

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CAD/CAM waterjet software offered

September 22, 2016

Flow Intl. Corp. has introduced FlowXpert 2016® CAD/CAM waterjet software for 3-D pathing and cutting. The software integration was engineered in partnership with Ansys SpaceClaim™. Incorporating application tips, material cut speed knowledge, improved pathing algorithms, and expanded...

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CAD/CAM and nesting software adds right-angle shear sorting buffer logic

September 22, 2016

Jetcam has launched version 19.08 of its Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software. Right-angle shear (RAS) sorting buffer logic has been added to allow parts to be unloaded in a predefined sorting bin list. The exit direction of forming tools can be specified to prevent collisions. Automatic turret...

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Find the Best Fit: Automated Nesting & Laser Fabrication

Find the Best Fit: Automated Nesting & Laser Fabrication

Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:00 PM

By: Autodesk Inc.

This webinar is designed for the person that nests and then CNC cuts sheet metal parts, with a laser or other method. Learn how to save time and effort by eliminating the need to touch and edit every profile. Learn how automated CNC programming can optimize your tooling head automatically. Connect with your MRP or ERP system to manage material needs with your nests, and prioritize jobs as needed. Generate reports on the whole process.

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Accurate Die Design changes name

August 16, 2016

In response to a change in direction for its business that took place gradually over a number of years, Accurate Die Design Inc. has changed its name to Accurate Die Design Software Inc. Along with this name change, the company has introduced a new corporate logo and launched a new website at...

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CAD/CAM software designed for 64-bit processors

August 15, 2016

Lantek has launched Lantek Expert native version in 64 bit. This CAD/CAM/MES/ERP software is designed so users can take advantage of the highest performance from current servers and equipment. It is included, along with the version for 32 bit, in the launch of the Global Release 2017. The...

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Striker Systems expands sales management

August 3, 2016

Striker Systems, White House, Tenn., has appointed CAD/CAM industry veteran Daren Sweat as regional sales manager. Sweat, who is responsible for all aspects of the sales process, has more than 25 years of experience, most recently as regional sales manager with Bystronic Inc., where he assisted...

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New NIMS standards define competencies, skills for entry-level CAM positions

June 17, 2016

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), San Francisco, has released the first industry CAM standards. Developed with guidance from 3-D design and engineering software manufacturer Autodesk Inc., these standards are intended to enhance education and training programs to meet the...

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Add-on upgrade helps reduce design times

June 14, 2016

IronCAD LLC has announced the availability of an updated version of its IronCAD Mechanical add-on. This upgrade helps improve the add-on’s ability to reduce design times by adding tools to the areas of bill of materials, document management, fasteners, structural steel, and assembly management....

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Can this product be made?

May 23, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Waiting for a callback to discuss a major design change is one thing; but waiting hours just to see if a hole can be moved a little farther from the bend radius—that’s something else. One industry project, iFAB, aims to make design for manufacturability far more efficient.

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CAD/CAM nesting software upgrade features manual nesting improvements

May 19, 2016

Hypertherm has announced ProNest® 2017 CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. Manual nesting improvements have been added, including drag array, anchor part to cursor, and automatic bumping functionality. The software fills parts with different colors based on a designated attribute...

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CAD/CAM software nesting modules introduced

May 17, 2016

BobCAD-CAM Inc. has released Nesting Standard and Nesting Pro CAD/CAM software modules. According to the company, the software packages offer advanced nesting power with intelligent sheet optimizing technology that can increase material usage by as much as 15 percent for sheet cutting on CNC mills,...

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Webinar on May 18 to demonstrate new nesting tools

May 11, 2016

BobCAD-CAM Inc., Clearwater, Fla., will host a webinar on May 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to provide a detailed look at its new CAD-CAM Nesting Standard and Pro add-on modules. The webinar, “Get More Parts out of Every Sheet,” will demonstrate newly available tools and strategies for maximizing...

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CAD/CAM/CNC available on thermal cutting machine

May 9, 2016

Koike Aronson has introduced the FlashCut Titanium CAD/CAM/CNC system for its Monograph Extreme thermal cutting machine. The control provides 2-D drawing, nesting and cutting, and toolpath creation with lead-ins and -outs. The all-in-one console has 8-amp advanced microstepping technology, as...

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CAD file importer added to shop management software

May 4, 2016

LVD Strippit has added a new module to its CADMAN® programming and shop management software. CADMAN-SDI (Smart Drawing Importer) helps simplify 2-D and 3-D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers for quick creation of job estimates. It features an integrated 3-D CAD package for checking or...

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