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BobCAD CAM Software
« on: January 18, 2012, 05:29:29 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I have come to this community to learn about everyone's CAD CAM programming needs, and to shed some light on using BobCAD.  If there are any topics you would like covered just ask.


Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader

How to use the software:

This video walks through the steps of opening a DXF file and moving the part to zero.


This video walks you through the steps of cleaning up geometry and using layers to organize your part.


This video walks you through the steps of drilling and tapping the holes for this sample drawing.


This video walks you through the steps of cutting the slots for this drawing. We are using the profile feature and contour ramping, which will ramp down to cut the slot out.


This video walks through the steps of cutting the pockets. I show how you can use top of job to change where the tool starts cutting from. Using top of part settings is great for when you are cutting a pocket inside a pocket. This way you don’t cut air.


This video walks through the steps of cleaning up the walls of the pockets. I use the profile feature with side roughing. This allows the tool to walk into the wall and clear any extra stock that might have been left over.


This video walks through the steps of simulating your program and posting code.


Question: If my simulation show the tools cutting in the wrong order, how do I change that?

Answer: The machining order can be set to ” individual tool ” or ” individual Feature”
Watch this video to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/PA4z4205

Question: Why does the software call more than one tool when drilling a hole. What if I only want to call a drill, instead of a center drill, a drill and a chamfer tool?

Answer: We use tool patters to optimize hole making processes. The idea is to call and program all the tools need to make the kind of hole you want to make. You can customize the patters to fit your needs. Watch this video to learn how: http://screencast.com/t/0vkwZ8WgFd
Re: BobCAD CAM Software
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 09:31:42 PM »
I have a problem with going from bobcam to mach3. I have a drawing made with bobcam on the simulation in bobcam it runs ok .  I am using the Mach3 post processer . When I run the gcode in mach3 the first z move jams the head into the part but the next line moves the cutter about 1 inch above the stock. and starts cutting. I have the simulated machine i set up with the limits from my machine.I zero out the z axis on tne top of the part but it still does not matter. Can you help Thanks Roger     
Re: BobCAD CAM Software
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 09:34:18 AM »
I am using Bobcad cam v28 and Mach 3  for plasma, everything is working well except my z axis does not go  up or down when it goes from  one cut to another. It stay's on one plane. Please advise thanx Luan