Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of workpieces.

Computer-aided design (CAD) Computer-aided design (CAD) Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) Computer-aided engineering (CAE) Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the broad usage of computer software to aid in engineering analysis tasks. It includes Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Multibody dynamics (MBD), and optimization.

Nesting Nesting Nesting is an algorythm of automated part allocation on a metal sheet the most convenient and efficient way. There are many software solutions for sheet metal component nesting, enabling various methods for automated and interactive part allocation and achieving optimal results of resource usage.

G-code (NC-code) G-code (NC-code) G-code (NC-code) is the common name for the most widely used numerical control (NC) programming language.

Postprocessor Postprocessor Postprocessor – a program module, designated for transforming the CAM system-generated toolpath into a CAM-program for a certain CNC lathe, considering its kinematic specifics.  

Milling Milling Milling - a manufacturing operation, performed on a milling machine (tool, lathe) which involves cutting a metal billet with a special rotating tool (mill, cutter). The billet is moving in a progressive way.  The machines used are milling machines and multifunctional machining centers. Various surfaces and faces may be milled, thread may be cut, various geometries created like turbines, bladed discs, grooves and pockets. Milling process ensures accurate part sizing and a required surface finish.

Turning Turning Turning - a machining operation of a metal billet using various tools - external (for external turning), internal (for boring) and cylindrical (for rotating bodies) cutters. During the turning process the metal billet is rotating (the main motion) and the cutter is fed progressively.

5-axis machining 5-axis machining 5-axis machining - machining technique, performed on an 5-axis mil when the tool, apart from moving along 3 axis, may also turn (tilt) around two more axis. The 5-axis machines are usually more complicated and multifunctional, thus more expensive, but the investment like this is always returned due to a significant production capacity increasing and achieving shorter lead-times.

3+2-axis machining 3+2-axis machining 3+2-axis milling (also may be called "position milling") - one of the multi-axis machining types. Machining like this, two of the axis are rotary and are used for billet orientation definition or choosing the cutter angle towards the machined surface. The cutter positioning is performed in accordance with three linear axis of the machine.

Solid modelling Solid modelling Solid modeling - modelling of geometry in 3-dimensional environment. It represents solid parts or object on a computer or a mobile device. A geometric model is built from wire frames that show the object in the form of wires. This wireframe structure can be represented as a 2D, 2.5D or a 3D object. Representing a geometric model's surfaces as wires makes the object looking solid on the screen.

Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a "smart factory".

Lean manufacturing Lean manufacturing Lean manufacturing (lean production) is a business philosophy that continuously shortens the time between customer order and shipment by eliminating wastes - anything that increases the cost of production and time of delivery to customers.

Stamping die Stamping die Stamping die - a technological forming tool for creating parts from sheet metal by stamping.

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Computer Numerical Control (CNC) CNC - computer numerical control, a computerized technological equipment and lathes driving (management) system.

Waveform Waveform Waveform - a unique Edgecam roughing technique, employing high speed trochoidal milling with constant load of the tool (cutter), with a consistant tool engagement in progress. The created toolpath is smooth, with no drastic changes of direction. This approach is especially valuable for keeping the machine velocity and prolonging tool life.  

Mould Mould Mould - a technological tool consisting of a cavity and core, used for creating parts from steel, plastic and other materials, on a specific machine, under impact of pressure (for example, on a plastic injection moulding machine).

Wire EDM Wire EDM Wire EDM - machining metal with a wire. To avoid the erosion of material from the wire causing it to break, the wire is wound between two spools so that the active part of the wire is constantly changing. This operation is used when machining parts of specific, complicated geometry (bladed discs, turbines, etc). Using wire EDM in manufacturing leads to cost reduction due to material resource saving.

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