PTC Acquires CloudMilling Cloud-native CAM

Author photo: Marianne D’Aquila
By Marianne D’Aquila
Acquisition or Partnership

PTC acquired CloudMilling, a cloud-native computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solution. The acquisition will bring CAM functionality to PTC's software-as-a-service Onshape product development platform, which already offers CAD, PDM, real-Cloud-native CAMtime calibration and business analytics functions.

Like Onshape, CloudMilling was designed for the cloud while offering familiar features for machinists and engineers, including 2-Axis and 5-Axis tool paths capable of being generated ‘in a matter of seconds’; a fully integrated tool library that keeps track across all workspaces, and real-time visualisation capabilities for following tool paths, tracking stock changes, and verifying material removal.

By being on the Cloud, CloudMilling says its workspaces can handle hundreds of parts simultaneously, each with their own job and related operations – potentially allowing users to machine an entire car and all of its individual components in a single workspace, while enabling users to group hundreds of related parts together, each with their own set of tool paths.

Dynamic set-ups mean that users are also able to machine every orientation of a part without rotating it to the machining axis, with no need to touch CAD.

The CAM functionality is expected to be available in Onshape in early 2023.



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