Best CAM Software

From: Terry Wohlers (
Date: Thu Apr 23 1998 - 04:27:31 EEST

Who makes the best CAM software for 3, 4, and 5-axis machining? I'm most
interested in hearing from users.

The CAM market is incredibly fragmented (much worse than the CAD market),
with CNC Software (Mastercam) owning 12% of the market and 9 others owning
3 to 7%, according to CIMdata. The remaining 52% of the market is made up
of 90 other companies that own 2% or less. If you talk with 10 companies,
chances are good that only 2, maybe 3, will be using the same software.
There's no clear winner. I have the most experience with Surfcam from
Surfware, but I'm not sure it's the answer.

Look forward to hearing from anyone with an opinion.

Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc.

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