As we research which CAM software to purchase, we are having demonstrations from ESPIRITcam, GibbsCam & Mastercam. We have 4 Mazak machines that will be using the software: 2011 Integrex i 300s (5 axes) (Mazatrol controller), 2011 150 MSY Hyper-Quadrex Lathe (Mazatrol controller), 2005 Nexus 250 MSY Lathe 640 T Fusion controller, 2010 Nexus 510C2KY Vertical milling machine (Mazatrol controller).
So far we've generated the following list of questions, located at the end of this paragraph. Because we are new to CAM software, we are sure that we're missing something. What other areas should we cover or questions would you suggest we ask the reps?
Windows 7 compatible?
Part transfer (demonstrate how to create a program)
Part catcher (demonstrate how to create a program)
Pinch turning/milling (demonstrate how to create a program)
How do we add tools?/Ease of adding tools?
How do we coordinate tool numbers between program & MAZAK
5-Axis simultaneous machining (demonstrate how to create a program)
Ease of use/Learning Curve
Training Provide/Included in price
Training Format (online?)(How many people are allowed to go, if included with purchase?)
Network seat option
Trial Period/Return Policy
Thanks in advance!