ICAM started as a service organization focused primarily on NC Programming, Process Planning, and other related consulting services for the aerospace industry. As the market and demand grew for post-processing software, an in-house research and development department was added.
Based on APT technology, ICAM began creating and developing stronger, and even more sophisticated products to meet the needs of its growing client base. The first commercial version of ICAM's post-processor development tool, CAM-POST, was released in 1983. It supported the most common machine controls, including full five-axis machines, and operated on VAX/VMS platforms.
As the demand for NC post-processing technology increased, ICAM invested heavily in research and development, which generated innovative features such as a powerful macro language and support for four-axis lathes in 1987.
In 1991, a revolutionary motion post-processor was incorporated and support for Mill/Turn centers, Wire EDM, and Punch Presses were added to CAM-POST, which was quickly becoming the standard post processing solution for the largest manufacturers around the world.
ICAM’s success can also be attributed to the company’s focus on customer service and support. Where and when a client has had special needs, ICAM has always positioned the challenge as an opportunity to develop new solutions, thus staying ahead of shifts in the market. ICAM remains committed to working with both CAD/CAM and Machine Tool and Control manufacturers to develop new leading edge products and ISO standards whenever possible.
ICAM Corporate Milestones
The first commercial version of ICAM's post-processor development tool, CAM-POST, is released. CAM-POST operated on VAX/VMS platforms and supported the most common machine controls, including full five-axis machines.
The development of the revolutionary motion post-processor was incorporated, as well as the support for Mill/Turn centers, Wire EDM, and Punch Presses were added to CAM-POST.
1993 - 1996
The windows-like environment took shape with such additions as full mouse support, multi-language support, and a library of basic post-processors. ICAM created and developed ARC fitting, various CAD/CAM interface kits, on-line documentation, and support for Windows NT, Windows 3.1, Windows 95. ICAM further introduced an entirely new NC post development concept tool called Rapid Macro Development (RMD), a High Speed Machining functionality, DMIS support, and three-dimensional cutter compensation.
CAM-POST Version 11.0 is released, incorporating an entirely new window front-end, which made it easier to use both the GENER and QUEST features. This allowed the user to actually create his own post processing solution.
CAM-POST Version 12.0 is released, with enhanced support for High Speed Machining, Y2K compliance, expanded expert system, more NURBS fitting, tangential arc fitting, and LINTOL rotary turnaround.
CAM-POST 2000 introduced a powerful graphical user interface tool called The Wizard, which allows users with all levels of expertise to create an unlimited number of NC Post-processors in record time.
ICAM launches CAM-POST 2001. CAM-POST 2001 introduced of a fully automated Coordinate Frame Transformation feature, which enables the use of 2½ D cycles and controller feature on canted surfaces.
Virtual Machine released in 2002 unites ICAM's advanced NC Post-Processing software CAM-POST with graphical machine tool simulation to create a single integrated solution.
Airbus employed the latest release of the CAM-POST Sinumerik 840D CNC post-processor for its Airbus A380 Initiative. The advanced model is a five-axes mill post-processor, specifically designed for the aerospace industry, permitting tangential arc fitting, NURBS (non-uniform rational B-splines) fitting and interpolation, CIP (circular interpolation) oblique circular interpolation and standard canned cycles.
It supports RTCP point programming based on the 840D TRAORI (transformation orientation) function and local co-ordinates system programming. A key function is the support of the 840D customizable HSM (high-speed machining) feature, based on the Sinumerik CYCLE832.
ICAM released CAM-POST V17, the latest version of its advanced independent single source NC post-processing development, management and deployment technology supporting all major CAD / CAM / PLM systems, CNC controllers and machine tools. Superior forward-looking optimization features are offered in CAM-POST V17 including path planning, rotary axes pre-positioning and winding to optimize machining while avoiding dwell marks, over-traveling and rotary repositioning.
Other CAM-POST V17 enhancements include support for multiple operating systems for full cross-platform compatibility, a new configuration utility that simplifies setup and maintenance of CAM-POST, direct access to the post-processor database from GENER, new Rapid Positioning Tool-tip Linearization and extensive context-sensitive on-line help from the Macro Editor.
ICAM Releases Virtual Machine V17 Supporting Mill / Turn Centers
ICAM Technologies Corporation released Virtual Machine® V17, the latest version of its integrated graphical machine tool simulation / NC post-processing solution. Virtual Machine V17 features all the necessary software components to fully support Mill / Turn centers including the ability to synchronize dual turret merging lathes, the capacity to accurately simulate constant surface speed as well as the provision to define and model lathe tool inserts and generic 3D tool holders.
ICAM Releases Control Emulator for MCD-Based Machine Tool Simulation
ICAM Technologies Corporation released Control EmulatorTM (CE), a new software product allowing NC programmers to simulate and test NC programs using Machine Code Data (MCD) within the CATIA V5 / DELMIA environment. As compared to traditional APT-based verification systems, which simulate the programmer's planned tool path, CE provides a more meaningful simulation that represents how the machine tool will react to the MCD output generated by the post-processor.
ICAM Introduces Integrated PSE
Integrated PSE is a new NC manufacturing methodology that allows for interactive post-processing, machine simulation and control emulation within a tightly integrated software solution which includes: CAM-POST®, Virtual Machine® and Control EmulatorTM.
ICAM and Missler Software Sign Marketing Agreement
ICAM Technologies Corporation and Missler Software are pleased to announce that they have entered into a Marketing Agreement that will provide ICAM access to TopSolid'Cam's software architecture in order to develop post-processors using CAM-POST, ICAM's post-processor development product, for lathe, mill and Mill/Turn machines for TopSolid'Cam's worldwide customer base.
ICAM Releases Virtual Machine® Version 18 Featuring Material Removal / Verification.
Version 18 now supports Material Removal / Verification capabilities for in-process stock collision and gouge detection within a completely simulated machining environment.
ICAM Interfaces Post-Processing Product Suite to Mastercam (CNC Software Inc.) - ICAM has created a graphical user interface to its complete NC post-processing development product suite within Mastercam.
Mastercam NC programmers can now develop integrated NC post-processing and machine simulation solutions for 5-Axis Mill and Mill / Turn applications within Mastercam 8, 9, X2, X3 and X4 using CAM-POST® and Virtual Machine® - ICAM's advanced NC post-processing and machine tool simulation products, respectively.
ICAM Launches Gold Series Post-Processors for Mastercam.
ICAM Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the release of its Gold Series product line of ready-to-use post-processors running behind Mastercam.
ICAM Releases CAM-POST V19.
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces that it will release CAM-POST® V19, the latest version of its NC post-processing development software.
CAM Ships CAM-POST V19 to its Users
ICAM Technologies Corporation is pleased to announce the shipping of CAM-POST® V19, the latest version of its NC post-processing development software, to its user community. Version 19 of ICAM's Integrated PSE product suite is also being shipped to current users.
ICAM Signs Dealership Agreement with VCI CHINA
ICAM Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, announces the signing of a Dealership Agreement with China-based Value Creation International Limited (VCI) to provide local Chinese customers, running primarily CATIA, with advanced ICAM NC post-processors, machining simulation and technical support services.
ICAM Signs VAR Agreement with Desktop Engineering ltd
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces the signing of a Value Added Reseller (VAR) Agreement with UK-based Desktop Engineering ltd. (DTE) to provide local UK customers, running CATIA and other popular CAM Systems, with advanced ICAM NC post-processors, G-Code verification and technical support services.
ICAM Opens Office in Shanghai China
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces that it has opened an office in Shanghai, China to provide local Chinese manufacturers serving primarily the aerospace and automotive industries with advanced ICAM NC post-processors, machining simulation and technical support services.
ICAM Signs Training Center Agreement with Hong Kong Polytechnic University- PolyU
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces the signing of a Training Center Agreement with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for ICAM's Integrated Post-processing, Simulation and Emulation (Integrated PSE) product suite.
ICAM Launches Integrated PSE V19 at EMO 2011
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces that it will launch Integrated PSE V19, the latest version of its integrated Post-processing, Simulation & Emulation software, at EMO 2011 (Booth: H25, K09).
ICAM Signs VAR Agreement with D2M Solutions
ICAM Technologies Corporation announces the signing of a Value Added Reseller (VAR) Agreement with D2M Solution (D2M) based in United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide local UAE customers, running CATIA, with advanced ICAM NC post-processors, G-Code verification and technical support services.