Computer-aided manufacturing development (CAM)

In order to machine complex, high tolerance aerospace components it is typically necessary to utilise CAM software.

CAM provides the toolpaths that will encapsulate the optimal material removal strategies and produces the least expensive, conforming, component for the process in question.

Software that can verify that trajectory of the toolpath will avoid catastrophic machine tool collisions, part gouging or undesired excess material is essential, as is the use of software that can verify that the machining parameters and cutting depths experienced during machining will not subject the cutting tool to excessive or catastrophic force.

Minimising NC programming phase lead time whilst fully realising the toolpath intent is a key industry driver, which can be realised through the use of standard features, knowledge management and the automation of the CAM process.


Our current CAM research areas include:

  • Feature recognition.
  • Standard features programming.
  • CAM automation.
  • Toolpath optimisation.
  • Optimising canned cycles for constant chip thickness.
  • Knowledge management links to tooling and parameter databases.
  • Rapid NPI.
  • Adaptive NC programming.


The AMRC has seats and expertise in a range of CAD, CAM, tool path optimisation and tool path verification software including:

  • CATIA V5
  • Siemens NX
  • Delcam PowerMILL
  • Delcam PowerSHAPE
  • Delcam Exchange
  • HyperMILL
  • SpaceClaim
  • Renishaw Productivity+
  • Vericut
  • Third Wave Systems Production Module
  • MACHpro


Dr Robert Carroll – Technical Fellow

Robert joined the AMRC in 2003, and has delivered a range of industrial and research projects encompassing post process optimisation of toolpaths, five-axis milling, and grinding and turning processes.

He has technical responsibility for industrial project delivery and development of the CAM group’s strategic R&D roadmap.