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CountourCAM is completely integrated with DesignCAD 3D MAX's menu system. It contains an editor, a 2D and a 3D system with additional practical extra functions that will assist in your daily tasks. With the ContourCAM functions it's quicker and easier to draw in 2 dimensions rather than 3, as in 2D with a few directions you can prepare elements to create 3 dimensional objects.

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ContourCAM also contains an NC-simulator, which will show you the toolpaths of your CNC machine, either in total or step by step, in top, front, side, and perspective views just like you can view a drawing in DesignCAD 3D MAX.


ContourCAM contains standard postprocessors for the most well known CNC machinery, but you can even create your own post processors, if the ones provided do not exactly meet the requirements of your machinery.

Tool libraries

ContourCAM has 3 tool libraries, one for milling, one for turning, and one for cutting. When for instance you activate the tool library for milling, you can create a profile for each tool, i.e. diameter, rounding, length compensation (if this is not already saved in the control), height of cutter, spindle speed, and feedrate.

Machine cycle library

In ContourCAM your can also define your machinecycles in a library, so these are standardized for particular jobs.

Serial communication

Included in ContourCAM is a function to directly send your NC program to your CNC unit. You just press the send button. If you choose send to file in the Communication menu, the result will be saved to a file, but comments are removed and line numbers added.


ContourCAM contains a couple of useful nesting commands to help you prepare a drawing for cutting.


ContourCAM will create toolpaths from a DesignCAD drawing, and generate the NC-code, which you will be able to see with the NC editor.


The contouring process is used to mill one side of a contour. You can do contouring on either open or closed geometries. For open geometries you must specify, which side to mill. For closed geometries ContourCAM determines, which is the internal and which is the external side.


Pocket milling is used to remove material in an enclosed area. You can specify any number of borders or islands, the only restriction is that the borders and islands must be closed and each island must be completely contained by the border. ContourCAM will generate toolpaths with minimum rapid traverse.


The boring process enables you to call canned machine cycles for boring, drilling, tapping, etc. on the circles in the drawing.


With the engraving process you can generate NC code for any drawing on a flat surface.


The cutting paths process is used to directly convert the lines and arcs of a drawing to movements in the NC program. The contouring process is used to cyt one side of a contour with compensation for torch diameter. ContourCAM automatically generates lead ins and lead outs.


Many CAD/CAM systems base their 3D function on the user having to draw the object in 3D, but since this often require a lot more skill from the user, we have chosen a different strategy with ContourCAM With the ContourCAM functions you can create almost any 3D object, by only working in 2D. We call it Snake programming. ContourCAMís snake programming offers the following:

  1. Generation of finishing programs for 3D surfaces
  2. Generation of roughing programs for 3D surfaces
  3. The NC program can be radius compensated for everything from end cutters to ball cutters with check for undercutting.
  4. Engraving i 3D surfaces
  5. Generation of DesignCAD 3D MAX drawings showing the surface


You can, however, use ContourCAM the "normal" way, when it comes to 3D CAM. Because of DesignCAD's special surfaces, we lay a "carpet" over it, and this way we can generate a millable surface.
Below please find an example, where we have taken the closure of a valve from one of DesignCAD's Extended 3D Examples and generated a "carpet" for the milling process.


ContourCAMís simulator will display whatever toolpaths you have generated by actually reading the NC code in the ContourCAM editor. You can zoom in and out and turn your object every which way to see if your object comes out right. You can even single step your way through the toolpaths, to confirm the movements of your CNC machinery.


In ContourCAM you can configure a series of standard post processors, or you can build your own, if your CNC machinery is not fully compatible.
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