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    Standard or widely used cam software

    Good morning, I was wondering what is the number on industry standard when I comes to CAM programming. Recently fusion has taken off amongst the hobbist but I imagine there are other proven tools in the industry.

    For someone who wants to learn something new, what would you recommend so that those skills can be used commercially.

    In my industry, there is one main platform you must know well if you want to do anything.

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    Re: Standard or widely used cam software

    Different industries use different software.
    There are numerous CAM programs that have been around for decades that are widely used.
    Gerry

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    Re: Standard or widely used cam software

    So what you are saying is that car guys uses A, aerospace use B, tool makers use C...
    So how does one get a job. I started this thread because I came across an employment add that was looking for someone know new mastercam. The pay way close to 6 figs. But I all you know if fusion/HSM then you can't apply regardless of how good you are. This just got me thinking at how different industries operate and also got me thinking into what are the best cam softwares someone would want to learn and master to be marketable.

    If you work for yourself it doesnt matter I gues.

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    Re: Standard or widely used cam software

    Hi,
    Mastercam is one of the oldest and most sophisticated CAM softwares out there, if you are familiar with it it would put you in a good
    place for employment. The downside is that its hugely expensive, depending on the modules required thats $20,000 plus annual fees.

    Craig

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    Re: Standard or widely used cam software

    So what you are saying is that car guys uses A, aerospace use B, tool makers use C...
    In some cases, yes. But there are some that are used in a variety of industries.

    As Craig mentioned, MasterCAM is one of the biggest names in the CAM market.
    There are also even higher end programs that cost even more.

    If you learn one high end CAM program, those skills in most cases will transfer to other high end CAM programs, with minimal training in a lot of cases. At the end of the day, they all do the same thing. They just go about it in slightly different ways.

    Also, just knowing how to use the software doesn't necessarily make you an expert at programming. I would expect a job paying $100K to expect you to know a lot more than just basic software operation.
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