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CNC Machining Handbook: Building, Programming, and Implementation by Alan Overby

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CHAPTER 9CAM Software

The decision to use CAM or not is largely dependent upon both the time and geometry of the item to be manufactured. Often, users either already have a CAD drawing or can rather quickly produce one to obtain any required dimensions in which to reproduce the item. The use of CAM affords the user to quickly yield a resulting tool path that, based on certain user-input criteria, can be used in the physical process. The required user inputs will include, but are not limited to, tooling used, depth per pass, plunge, and safe retraction of the Z-axis for moves in between cuts, feed rates for both cuts, and rapid moves, etc., all within the Cartesian coordinate system. Furthermore, all of the aforementioned parameters are output ...

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