CAD/CAM Software Articles

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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A new dimension in CAD models

September 4, 2014

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AGCO engineers don’t have to rely solely on the traditional product development process any longer. They have implemented a new virtual reality system that enables engineers to correct design flaws without having to build multiple prototypes. Now the tool is being used to build the company’s first generation of global agricultural equipment.

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Lean data flow: From CAD to ERP to the shop floor

August 7, 2014

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Fabricators sell their ability to produce the right part in the right quantity and at the right time, and to do that requires good information. Communication troubles arise if front office systems don’t communicate with each other, and this can include CAD and ERP.

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BIM’s past, present, and future

June 2, 2014

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To understand how building information modeling promises to further change the structural steel fabrication business, you have to know how it evolved over the years.

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What does CAD/CAM and job shop management software integration mean?

February 28, 2014

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So much of metal fabricating activity today is focused on the elimination of waste, and one of the bigger steps a company can take is integrating its CAD/CAM software with its job shop management software.

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Nesting and the fiber laser

January 13, 2014

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In all honesty, nesting software that works for CO2 laser cutting machines also works for fiber lasers. The speed of the fiber laser, however, forces the fabricator to think more deliberately about software options that help to maintain the continuous flow of laser-cut parts.

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The art of bevel cutting - TheFabricator.com

The art of bevel cutting

January 2, 2014

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The path to a quality beveled part evolves from hours, sometimes days, of trial and error. However, a part programmer can take specific steps to ensure beveling success.

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Why did an architect need a solid nesting program? - TheFabricator.com

Why did an architect need a solid nesting program?

October 9, 2013

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SHoP Construction Services sought out a nesting program to help it create exact-sized panels for the huge Barclays Center project in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the effort resulted in an award-winning architectural and fabricating effort.

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When nesting, does it pay to be the early bird? - TheFabricator.com

When nesting, does it pay to be the early bird?

September 5, 2013

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Country music legend Willie Nelson is credited with saying, “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." It’s unlikely that Willie was reflecting on manufacturing. Regardless, his quote still summarizes perfectly one of the greatest challenges sheet metal fabricators face: When nesting, is it better to be early, or just in time?

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A solid model for modernizing a fabricator - TheFabricator.com

A solid model for modernizing a fabricator

July 11, 2013

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Matot, a small dumbwaiter manufacturer in the Chicago suburbs, is a microcosm of high-product-mix, low-volume manufacturing. Fabricators no longer make it work on the floor. Instead, they adjust the model to suit the process.

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Nesting software integration leads to improved performance - TheFabricator.com

Nesting software integration leads to improved performance

June 3, 2013

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Advancements in nesting software development have made a real impact in terms of increased material utilization and machine uptime, but for a fabricator to get the most out of the nesting software, it needs to be fully integrated with the design and shop management software systems.

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Metal fabricators get on the same page, with software - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricators get on the same page, with software

April 19, 2013

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Conductix-Wampfler, Omaha, Neb., developed software that integrates information from CAD, product data management, ERP, and customer relationship management. Built on the company's success, the software is now available for others interested in ensuring everyone in the business is on the same page.

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Bending software speeds up production - TheFabricator.com

Bending software speeds up production

April 17, 2013

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The speed of fabricating is increasing at a rapid pace, but the press brake remains a bottleneck for many companies. Laser cutting and punching machines can run unattended if necessary without the need to program a robot, but the same can't be said for a press brake. Human operators still are pretty much a necessity. Advancements in bending software, however, can help to streamline the bending process. Fabricators only need to give it a try.

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Fixturing for the short run - TheFabricator.com

Fixturing for the short run

December 3, 2012

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Hard tooling for traditional fixtures often depends on costly milling and other non-sheet metal processes. So how can these costs be minimized? The simple answer is to marry the processes and machinery you already have--including laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and punching--to the appropriate CAD system.

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Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting - TheFabricator.com

Connecting 3-D modeling to nesting

September 7, 2012

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It sounds like a no-brainer in electronically connected world, but shops don't have the ability to integrate their 3-D modeling capabilities with nest creation. As more shops jump into 3-D modeling with the goal of decreasing turnaround time for jobs, they are looking at a more formal connection between the design and production world.

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Evolving from job shop to custom manufacturer - TheFabricator.com

Evolving from job shop to custom manufacturer

January 11, 2011

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Equipment and software upgrades are helping Decimal Engineering, Pompano Beach, Fla., to increase its customer base and, as a result, increase its profits.

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