CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and programme manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software (US site) uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate toolpaths that drive machine tools to turn designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished parts and production runs.
How is CAD/CAM used?
Magna Advanced Technologies
Magna Advanced Technologies produces prototypes and tooling for the highly competitive automotive market. PowerMill and PowerShape enable the firm to design and manufacture complex parts faster while conserving capital expenditure.
Maximise machine efficiency and part quality. Import PowerShape models into PowerMill and create precision high-speed and multi-axis toolpaths for moulds, dies and highly complex components. (video: 1.33 min.)
Compare your finished part against the PowerShape CAD data with PowerInspect. Inspect parts on the shop floor, in the inspection room or integrate inspection routines on the machine tool. (video: 1.33 min.)
Optimise CNC programs (US site) for multitasking turn-mills capable of performing both turning and milling operations in a single setup, helping reduce cycle times and maximise profit.
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