Cam-tool: Elite CAD/CAM Software for the Mold & Die Industry
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 CAM-TOOL Features


- Windows Interface -

CAM-TOOL in conjunction with Microsoft Windows incorporates an easy to understand user interface with a menu system designed for both new and experienced users.

The advanced Windows application provides users with a system that is highly visual and exceptionally functional. Features such as MDI (Multi Document Interface), Command Sheet and Snap provide a new level of ease-of-use. Pull-down and pop-up menus as well as tool tips provide more functionality. The design of the interface also aims to be easier to understand when performing operations such as creating 3D models and producing machining data.

Layer information in CAM-TOOL can be checked at a glance. Displayed layers can be changed easily.

The database function supports the setting up of machining parameters. Cutting parameters can be set up simply by choosing the material type, brand of tool, size/type of tool and cutting method.

The data output of the selected profile can be output in a CSV (Excel) file format allowing easy creation of a machining parameters document.

[Main Functions]

MDI (Multi Document Interface)
Multiple part files are started simultaneously and multiple displays can be shown.
Information can be copied and pasted between windows.
Command Sheet
Snap Functions
On-line Help Support
Customizable Toolbars
Custom Menus and Tool Tips
Single-operation view functions.


- Data Conversion -

It is essential that CAM software be able to import data directly from many other CAD systems and data formats in a manner that minimizes costly repair work prior to NC data creation.

Graphic Products Inc. has a proven track record in data conversion. With over 20 years of technical expertise in the software industry, CAM-TOOL’s data translators provide robust, accurate and reliable data conversion. Conversion capabilities include translators able to handle most data types including but not limited to: Input and Output formats for IGES (JAMA-IS compatible), DXF, CAM-TOOL.C3. Optional direct translator support is provided for CATIA and UNIGRAPHICS. Standard output from CAM-TOOL Base Module is RPS (STL and RPF are optional).

[Main Functions]

Input/ Output formats in CAM-TOOL:
IGES (JAMA-IS compatible)
Direct Translator support for: CATIA* UNIGRAPHICS* (Parasolids)
Output Formats from CAM-TOOL: RPS (Standard) STL* RPF*
*Optional Items: RPS is Standard in the Base Module.


- Geometry Evaluation -

Geometry Evaluation and editing functions are integrated into the modeling function for use in die/mold design. This powerful tool is used to create die/mold surfaces from product models and also provides valuable information about the model such as Radius and Draft Angle.

In the past, the process of developing mold models from product models was a time consuming process. When developing CAM-TOOL, attention was focused on this previously inefficient area in order to develop a more practical geometry evaluation function. A variety of advanced capabilities were created including such functions as cavity/core split, undercut, draft angle and volume surface area calculation. These functions relieve the designer/operator from tedious, demanding and intricate work.

Display of Fillet Radius Data of Specified Surfaces

Fillet Radius extraction using specified surfaces and single-operation processing. Accurate shape control by cross-section line extraction.

Display of Draft Angle Data at Specified Surfaces

Extraction of surfaces on vertical walls in one operation. Surfaces for which the tilt is smaller than the specified draft angle, can be extracted in one operation. Since the system selects the necessary surfaces directly, the designer/operator can switch to editing operations immediately.

[Main Functions]

Automatic extraction of non-frontal surfaces.
Cavity/core split.
Undercut - Yes / No
Draft Angle data.
Volume and surface area calculation.
Maximum co-ordinate (boundary) values for surfaces.
Extraction of surfaces on vertical walls.
Extraction of cross-section.


- Die/mold Surface Design -
CAM-TOOL‘s modeling functions are designed specifically for the demands of die/mold surface design. The array of fillet and surfacing functions are easy to use and master. Consequently, the sophisticated modeling required for the direct cutting of cavities can be accomplished more efficiently.

CAM-TOOL provides a wide variety of surface processing functions that are designed to address the special shape processing requirements posed by molds. This support results in significant improvements in modeling efficiency. Functions such as Chord Fillet, Curvature Continuous Fillet and simple creation of parting surfaces are all supported. Creating shapes containing many types of draft angles in a short amount of time adds to CAM-TOOL's versatility.

With CAM-TOOL parting surface creation is made simple.

Parting lines are extracted from surfaces and run-off and tapered surface commands are used to create parting surfaces. Tapered surfaces can be created from complex 3D geometry in one operation.

CAM-TOOL provides a high degree of design capability, including a variety of filleting options.

Multiple Fillets     3-Surface Fillets     SS Fillet             Simple Fillet

[Main Functions]

Creation of Parting Surfaces.
Creation of Draft Angle Surfaces.
Functions for Expanding & Contracting Surfaces, Trim Function.
Fillet creation:
Variable Fillets
3- Joint Fillets
SS Fillet
Curvature/Tangent Line Continuous
Corner Fillet Surfaces
Chord Fillets


Z-level Roughing

CAM-TOOL’s Z-level roughing routines have been designed to achieve the high speed roughing promised by today’s new machining technologies. CAM-TOOL achieves these results by providing automatic generation of high quality Z-level roughing data using climb milling and even chip load.

In the past, die/mold roughing has been a time consuming process. The time required for roughing must be reduced if die/mold makers are to meet the demand for shortened delivery times. CAM-TOOL is designed and equipped with many different machining functions to ensure that the roughing process can be accomplished efficiently and safely, regardless of whether the mold is large or small.

Efficient, high quality Z-level roughing data is created automatically.

Using a model of the finished shape, CAM-TOOL automatically generates the Z-level roughing data for both axes simultaneously. This roughing data makes possible efficient climb cutting.

Residual processing function maximizes cutting tool performance.

Based upon the type of inserted end mill used, CAM-TOOL will automatically generate additional tool paths to clean- up stock left from Z-level roughing paths.

Efficient elimination of remaining material (stock) on flat areas.

Flat areas with excess material remaining are automatically detected and machined. A user can elect to have a variable cutting pitch in the ‘Z’ direction or machine excess stock on flats separately. The result is a work piece with “uniform” remaining stock.

The cutting simulation function permits NC data verification.

Cutter path verification can be a time consuming process. By using the cutting simulation in CAM-TOOL, cutter paths can be verified efficiently.

[Main Function]

Tool interference checking.
Elimination of air cuts.
Cutting volume speed control (F-value)
Corner speed control (F-value)
Automatic clearance (Z-value)
Arc conversion.

Cutter paths can be edited using the CL Editor function.

The CL editor is a function that allows users to delete, modify, move and copy cutter paths. It is integrated with CAM-TOOL to provide users with additional flexibility to address special machining requirements.
[Main Function]

Delete/Change/Add/Connect of path.
Move/Copy path (rotate,translate,reverse)
Trace of path (drawing).
Display of path information.

[Main Functions]

Z-level Rough Cutting
Indexable end mills.
Roughing Re-machine.
Flat area stock removal.
Multiple cavities fixed area machining.
Avoidance of cavity areas too small for the cutter.
Remote Calculation.

Fillet Cutting Function

Fillet cutting makes a drastic reduction in work time. The system automatically outputs tool paths that would maintain the specified range of cutting volume. Processing with a stable cutting load is achieved and it enables cutting feed rates to improve and the tool lifetime to be prolonged. The cutter paths are fillet-like having no edge part and a specified feed rate within NC data can be unfailingly reproduced in an NC machine tool.

Trochodial Cutting Function

Trochodial cutter paths can maintain a cutting volume within a specified range at corners and channels where cutting volumes change abruptly. The cutting volume can be set and the shortening of machine time can be realized. Also by stabilizing the cutting load, the rough cutting process is more efficient and much safer.

3D CAM Finishing

- Finishing Functions -

A variety of finishing functions provides the high quality finished surfaces required in die and mold manufacturing.

Flat part round cutting, scanning-line area cutting and offset cutting functions enable high speed and high quality finish machining. Users may select these functions to use in gently sloped areas in conjunction with ‘Z’ level cutting.

Efficient, processing by Z-level cutting + round cutting.

Flat sections are detected to output round cutter paths. Down cutting is maintained at all times and connecting moves are minimized. Used with Z-level cutting, improved surface quality and reduced machining time can be achieved.

High speed cutting by Z-level cutting + scanning cutting.

Steep areas are machined using Z-level cutting and gently sloped areas are machined using scanning cutting. Areas are selected automatically based upon user input.

Uniform surface finish is achieved using offset cutting function.

In areas with gentle slope, additional paths are generated in the offset direction of the Z-level cutter paths resulting in a uniform finish.

Automatic Generation of cutter paths for remaining stock areas.

CAM-TOOL offers a high degree of control. Cutting mode is changed based on slope angle as shown above. In all cases where too much stock is encountered, additional passes are added to maintain constant chip load. In addition, 3D arc interpolation approach and escape are used to reduce the tool load in order to achieve a high quality, polish free finish.

The pencil machining function for groove and corner cutting.

CAM-TOOL can identify areas to be machined and automatically create the required cutter paths.

[Main Functions]

Z-level Automatic Finishing
Flat area round cutting (all, partial).
Scanning area cutting (one-way/round trip).
Offset cutting (virtual contour line).
Surface finishing.
Aiming check.
CL + check.
Curve cutting.
Remainder cutting.
Pencil tracing.
Pre-hole processing.
Contour cutting.
Post processor.
Use of NURBS interpolation (option)

2.5D CAM

- 2-Axis Machining -

2-Axis machining function is achieved in CAM-TOOL in a 3D visual operating environment for the cutting of dies and molds.

By simply using outlines, cross-sections or corner radii from the wire frame model, CAM-TOOL for Windows NT/Windows 2000 makes it easy to generate a 2-axis machining set-up. Even complex “residual island” configurations can be machined very efficiently.

[Main Function]

Cavity/Core Round Roughing

“Residual Island” interference check.
Z helical cutting.
F-value control for connecting moves.
Designation of random shaped work.
Contour Cutting

Collective processing of island shapes.
Corner radius processing
Section transfer.
Flat Cutting

One way
Round Trip
Along contour.

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