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Spotlight on: CAM Programming

What is CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) programming?

If you’re visiting this blog then you may already know that CAM programming involves using computer software and machinery to automate the manufacturing process.  It usually works hand in hand with computer aided design to translate drawings and data into detailed instructions to create objects with a laser or cutting tool.

Without the need for manual intervention, having to set up machines and so on, CAM programming is great for producing fast and accurate results.

What is needed for a CAM system to function?

• Software that tells a machine how to make a product by generating toolpaths.
• Machinery that can turn raw material into a finished product.
• Post Processing converts toolpaths into a language machines can understand.

These three components still need to be overseen by human expertise on the factory floor. Bringing together software, machines and processes, CAM processing is something that we are proud to offer as part of our service.

Increasing production speed

CAM reduces waste and energy for enhanced manufacturing and production efficiency. This is achieved via increased production speeds, raw material consistency and more precise tooling accuracy. There is no design too tough for CAM Processing.

Highly sophisticated CAM Processing can follow the most complex patterns, so you can rest assured that if you choose our CAM service, you will be getting a quick supply of intricately uniform and accurate products.

High quality parts & lower costs

Since its inception, CAM has delivered a multitude of improvements to the manufacturing process, including:

  • Improved machine capabilities. CAM systems can take advantage of advanced 5-axis machinery to deliver more sophisticated and higher quality parts.
  • Improved machine efficiency. Today’s CAM software provides high-speed machine tool paths that help us manufacture parts faster than ever.
  • Improved material usage. With additive machinery and CAM systems, we can produce complex geometries with minimal waste, which means lower costs.

The business benefits of CAM Processing

In any industry time is money. This is where CAM Processing can make an impact.

Compared to manually operated machines, CAM generally offers greater speed, accuracy and consistency. As it is predominantly computer controlled – and machines don’t need to take breaks – the job completion time is reduced significantly, enabling customers to get their final products in a much shorter time frame.

If you would like to speak to our team about how your project would work with CAM Processing, please contact us now.

What is CAM programming?

CAM programming or computer-aided manufacturing as it is also known uses computer-controlled machinery and high-tech software to automate the manufacturing process.

Engineers can create designs on computers which are then fed into the machines. In this article, we look at how the system and process works and when to use it.

How does CAM work?

In the past engineers have used traditional methods of manufacturing by creating patterns for the machines to follow. CAM removes the need for engineers to create hand-made ‘jigs’ with software that outlines the actions and processes for the machines to follow.

One of the advantages of CAM programming is that it is computer-aided. Designers can send their design specifications directly to the machine without the need to program the machines manually.

The process starts with designers creating a detailed 3D image of the part using the CAM software which speaks to the machinery.

Once the design, specifications, and measurements have been programmed the machine can replicate the part as many times as needed in as little time as possible.

When would you use CAM programming?

CAM is used across a wide range of industries including automotive and aerospace using a variety of materials such as metal, plastic, and wood.

The main advantage of CAM is that it reduces time. This increases productivity, with the automation process the key to its success.

Designers can correct and alter their designs without needing to manually reprogram the machines.

Contact us

If you would like more information about CAM programming, then you can get in touch with one of our specialist team here. Alternatively, you can call us direct on 01952 899144 or email

5 Benefits of CAM Programming?

CAM programming is commonly used within the manufacturing industry across a wide range of sectors including automotive, farming, and aerospace. The advantages of using the software are huge and, in this article, we look at 5 benefits of CAM programming.

1. Increased productivity

One of the biggest benefits of CAM programming is that it can increase productivity which in turn will help with increased orders and potential profit for your business. CAM programming stops the need for having to manually calculate toolpaths for fabrication.

2. Accuracy

CAM programming has a very high level of accuracy as these applications have control over the production process. At Fab-Tech Telford our software can import .dwg, .dxf, and. iges CAD files, flatten them and optimize cutting paths.

The software can also add bend lines and sequences. The software speeds up the process of estimating new jobs and programming them ready for production.

3. Time-saving

Using CAM programming helps save time at every stage of the production which means we can produce prototypes and finished products much more quickly for our clients.

4. Quick changes

Being able to change the program quickly is just not something that happens often with a new revision. CAM software can update the toolpaths with any changed features and make you focus on anything that may be new.

5. Reduces mistakes

The more human input into anything the more potential for error. When it comes to writing the G code line by line the number of potential mistakes is very high.

Just fat fingering a single number could ruin the entire part. There is no way to verify the code before running it on the machine. CAM packages do not have the fat finger issues and include functionality like toolpath simulation which will verify that the toolpath is correct.

Speak to the specialists

If you would like to know more about CAM programming and how we can help you, why not get in touch with one of the Fab-Tech team here. Alternatively, you can call us direct on 01952 899144 or email