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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In custom metal fabrication, nothing is typical

March 16, 2016


Average on-time delivery rates in custom fabrication have remained stubbornly low. Clear, constant communication and transparency can change this. And here software can help, even at the smallest shops.

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3-D viewing software updated for improved mobile functionality

March 7, 2016

Kisters has introduced release 2016 of 3DViewStation WebViewer. This version provides extremely fast 3-D viewing, advanced analysis, and digital mockup for browser-based viewing and mobile users of tablets, smartphones, and notebooks. No client installation is required. The program ships with...

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Tool library added to design software

March 2, 2016

IronCAD has introduced the IronCAD Mechanical add-on, which offers a library of tools such as standard fasteners, steel sections, pipes, and flanges for use in the design process. Because knowledge and rules are built directly into the tools, typical day-to-day tasks such as bill of materials...

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The digital-thread potential in custom metal fabrication

February 22, 2016


The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.

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DP Technology launches new Esprit CAD/CAM website

February 11, 2016

DP Technology, Camarillo, Calif., has launched a new corporate website at for its Esprit CAD/CAM software. New educational videos show the software in action and highlight its compatibility with worldwide machine tool brands. Available in nine languages, the website is...

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Jetcam celebrates 30th anniversary

February 9, 2016

Monaco-based Jetcam, a provider of CAD/CAM and nesting software for sheet metal and composite manufacturing, marks its 30th year in business in 2016. The company was founded by Ivan Stern and Bill King in Australia in February 1986, relocating to Germany in 1990 and the South of France in...

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SmartCAMcnc to open training center at Oregon headquarters

February 1, 2016

SmartCAMcnc has announced plans to open an instruction center at its headquarters in Springfield, Ore., for training CNC programmers on SmartCAM software. The software offers applications for programming CNC milling, turning, fabrication, and wire EDM. Casey Baker, a SmartCAMcnc applications...

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IronCAD wins grant as 2016 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge semifinalist

January 29, 2016

Atlanta-based IronCAD, a provider of 3-D design software programs, is a recipient of a $5,000 grant and a semifinalist in the inaugural Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant competition powered by Chase that boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to...

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CAM software offers updated knowledge-based machining library

January 26, 2016

SmartCAMcnc has announced the release of SmartCAM® v2016, which features an updated knowledge-based machining (KBM) library, as well as improvements to the user interface and to the core milling functionality. The SmartCAM software family comprises applications for CNC milling, turning,...

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Cutting software automatically creates NC programs from customer orders

January 19, 2016

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has released Columbus® CAD/CAM nesting software version 1.3 for plasma, oxyfuel, laser, and waterjet cutting. It includes the new Job Wizard, which automatically creates NC programs from customer orders. For the parts and plates within a customer’s library...

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CAD filtering, DXF splitting added to order creation software

December 7, 2015

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has released version 1.65 of its Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) Premium and Premium Automation with two new CAD import features, designed to streamline the process of generating NC code from CAD files. Many companies receive CAD files of components from customers in a...

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CAD program includes new tools for improved fabrication and assembly design

November 24, 2015

IronCAD has announced its 2016 product release, which the company reports includes improvements for customers working in the fabrication and assembly sector. Sheet metal improvements include a new sketched bend command, which allows the creation of more complex bending operations. Users can...

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Adjusting to a just-in-time manufacturing environment

October 19, 2015

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Design for manufacturability, just-in-time nesting, paperless order processing, and systems integration put a metal fabricator in a position to eliminate waste and reap the rewards of just-in-time manufacturing.

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Jetcam Intl. names technical support engineer

September 21, 2015

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, has hired Kent Franklin as a technical support engineer. He has 21 years of experience using Jetcam Expert CAD/CAM software across a variety of punching and profiling equipment. In his new role, Franklin provides assistance to the company’s dealer and customer...

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Software allows 3-D CAD to be embedded in PDF document

September 21, 2015

Theorem Solutions has developed Publish 3D, a software application that allows 3-D CAD to be embedded into a PDF document, alongside associated metadata such as part descriptions, part numbers, detailed drawings, and proposed changes, to create a 3-D PDF. Using the 3-D PDF, engineers can pass...

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