CNC Milling Software

CNC Milling Software

MecSoft has several products to meet your CNC milling software needs. Whether you’re looking for a standalone CAM package, or a CAM software that fully integrates into a powerful CAD program, MecSoft has a solution for you. Click on a CAM software solution to learn more! For questions regarding any of our CAM software solutions, please call us (949) 654-8163, or utilize the chat on the left hand side of your screen.

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CNC Milling Software Details

What is CNC Milling?

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Milling refers to the process of using a computer to control the various aspects of the milling process to machine parts. These include the control of the cutting tool spindle rotations, the linear and rotary motions of the cutting tool and/or the table, the cutting feed rate and coolant use. The CNC milling machine controller receives its control instructions either manually from the machine operator (Manual Control) or from a program (G-Code) written specifically for each cutting job or task. This G-Code program typically is written using an off-line Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software system.

Where is CNC Milling Used?

CNC Milling is used in virtually every modern manufacturing industry that requires precision, high quality surface finish, repeatability and automation in machining. This includes just about every manufacturing industry such as Aerospace, Automotive, Machine Design, Architecture, Boat & Ship Building, Construction, Machinery, Mold & Die, Prototyping, Woodworking, Jewelry, Packaging, Consumer Goods, etc.

Classification of CNC Milling

CNC Milling can be classified into 4 types of machining, based on the number of directions the spindle on the CNC machining center can move and/or rotate. The following types of machining can be performed both on vertical milling and horizontal milling machines.

  • 2-½ Axis Milling: The Z axis of the machine tool is stationary during machining while the X and Y axes are movable
  • 3 Axis Milling: Here all 3 linear axes (X, Y and Z) are movable
  • 4 Axis Milling: In addition to the 3 movable linear axes, rotations about an axis can also be performed
  • 5 Axis Milling: All 3 axes and rotations about two axes can be performed. This type of milling gives the best access

What is CNC Milling Software?

CNC Milling software is also referred to as Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. It is used to automate the creation of the control program (G-Code) that instructs the CNC machine where to position and move the cutting tool and control other aspects of the machining process. The software also allows the CAM programmer to perform other tasks that are not available from the CNC machine control interface. These can include machining calculations, visual cut material simulations, tool collision avoidance and more.

Why is CNC Milling Software Important?

CNC Milling software is important because it saves time, increases machining accuracy and eliminates human errors that can occur when machine control programs are written manually. CNC Milling software also leverages the existing geometric 3D CAD models created by today’s product designers and engineers. CNC Milling software can generate precision G-Code control programs with millions of lines of code for complex geometry in minutes.