Program your manufacturing processes with CAD / CAM software

Jan 2, 2013

​Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD and CAM) applications help to properly design and manufacture products. The CAD software creates models and assemblies that are then used by the CAM to generate tool paths to help drive the machines. These software programs help to increase the overall efficiency of the workspace and provide a better production process.


Com­put­er-aid­ed design and com­put­er-aid­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing refers to com­put­er soft­ware that is used to both design and man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts. CAD/CAM appli­ca­tions are used for both design­ing a prod­uct and pro­gram­ming man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es like machin­ing. The CAD soft­ware cre­ates mod­els and assem­blies that are used by the CAM por­tion to gen­er­ate tool paths that dri­ve the machines to turn the designs into phys­i­cal parts. CAD/CAM soft­ware is most often used for machin­ing of pro­to­types and fin­ished parts.

IRB­CAM was devel­oped specif­i­cal­ly for indus­tri­al robots. Its gen­er­at­ed robot code is ver­i­fied with ABB, Fanuc, KUKA, and Motoman. It has an intu­itive and user-friend­ly 3D inter­face. Com­plex robot­ic sys­tems with exter­nal axes can be con­fig­ured intu­itive­ly with graph­i­cal wizards. 

IRB­CAM released a CAD/CAM add-in soft­ware pack­age for ABBs Robot­Stu­dio – the 3D offline pro­gram­ming envi­ron­ment from ABB. The add-in now allows tool-paths gen­er­at­ed from CAD/CAM pack­aged to be import­ed into Robot­Stu­dio. This allows the user to sim­u­late the robot­ic machin­ing paths in 3D graph­ics and check for col­li­sions using the same soft­ware as on the IRC5 robot con­trollers from ABB. Fur­ther, Mul­ti­Move can be used on CAD/CAM tool­paths to dis­trib­ute the motions between the robot and exter­nal actuators.

As the desire to increase effi­cien­cy dri­ves indus­tri­al com­pa­nies, con­trollers are increas­ing­ly impor­tant. The Fanuc iPen­dant is a fac­to­ry-hard­ened, portable dis­play and oper­a­tion pan­el that is high­ly cus­tomiz­able. It has mul­ti­ple appli­ca­tions with the Fanuc CNCs, like com­pli­ment­ing the pri­ma­ry dis­play so the user can get near large machine appli­ca­tions. The iPen­dant sup­ports all the stan­dard CNC screens for oper­a­tion, pro­gram­ming, and main­te­nance with a touch pan­el interface

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Robots​.com rep­re­sen­ta­tives online or at 8777626881.

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