About manufacturing software
There are different types of manufacturing software used in industry today, but CAM software is one of the most common solutions when it comes to flat plate cutting. It is most often used by manufacturers, fabricators, and metal service centers to program CNC cutting machines including plasma, laser, waterjet, and oxfuel tables.
What is CAM?
CAM, which stands for computer aided manufacturing, is the use of computer software to directly communicate with and control machine tools in the manufacturing process. In the automated cutting industry for flat plate material, CAM software is used to instruct the cutting machine. The CAM software takes CAD files and converts them to numeric code, or “G-code”, a programming language that provides instructions to the machine. This code may include a variety of commands including straight line motion, arc movements, cut speed, cut height, ramping, and many more advanced cutting techniques.
What is CAD CAM?
CAD CAM is a software solution that combines CAD (computer aided design) into the CAM software allowing users to move quickly from part design to production. In many cases nesting will also be incorporated into the CAM software package, providing the end user with a complete package known as CAD/CAM nesting software.
Nesting in manufacturing
Nesting is defined as the efficient placement of multiple part profiles onto a given surface area. The software automatically rotates the part geometry and calculates the best position on the plate relative to other parts. The available space is maximized, thereby getting the most value out of the raw material and minimizing scrap.