FastCAM

About Us

Incorporated in 1978, FastCAM is one of the oldest CAM software companies in the world. Since its inception, FastCAM has formed strategic alliances with a broad range of key industry partners, consolidated its international market presence and gained widespread industry recognition as a leading provider of CNC solutions for Gas, Plasma, Laser and Waterjet. With dozens of trademarked products FastCAM offers "more than just nesting..."

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celebrating 40 years

Now in our 40th year, FastCAM started in 1976 and invented Interactive Visual Nesting and NC verification under CP/M before the IBM PC and before the mouse.

Our flagship product FastCAM® is still renowned as a complete, easy, low cost offline profiling solution and the total number of OEM units for just the NC flame cutting software is now over 90,000. Over 100 flame cutting and laser machine manufacturers have packaged FastCAM® with their machines and many new partners see value in our directions.

Cut Smarter, Quote Faster

Not just a nesting company, our products are often a central aspect of the total engineering solution. In 2010, we designed a lightweight digital bevel head for use with our new generation FastCAM® 3D software, for the creation of true 3D shapes from steel. The most useful common application for our new technology is precise weld preparation for flat and formed plate but we also support pipe cutting with bevels. Other FastCAM® products are in development for 3D including FastSHAPES® with CVBA (Continuously Varying Bevel Angle) technology.

Our most recent success involves part of an overall 'faster to market' business approach and addresses the cost attributed to poor quoting in the steel industry. FastCAM® QE™ produces accurate, nested, optimized quotations for plate and structural processed parts without calculators, CAD/CAM or NC programmers.

OUR GOAL

FastCAM aims to offer a powerful and diverse set of products addressing similar challenges in various manufacturing industries > Increase Revenue > Control Costs > Increase Productivity > Improve Service.

FastCAM knows where technology is most powerful and useful. FastCAM's success with its innovative Cut smarter, Quote faster™ solutions stems from its ability to create relevant and forward thinking technology with a 'top down' industry view. It is a visionary approach intended to help the metals service sector take big strides towards automating and optimizing all parts of the business.

COMPANY INFORMATION

While remaining privately held, FastCAM Inc. has been continuously profitable, and it has thus been able to fund revolutionary and evolutionary products with a fast and constant development path.

FastCAM is located in three locations: FastCAM Inc. in Chicago, USA, FastCAM Pty. Ltd. (Research & Development) in Melbourne, Australia and FastCAM Shanghai, in China.

The founder and creator, Dr. Matthew J. Fagan maintains a close involvement with the development of all the FastCAM products. Personnel in FastCAM Research & Development combine years of software development experience with a unique understanding of day-to-day business practices in fabrication. FastCAM engineers are either formally qualified or have at least ten years of software programming experience and our technologies are developed in our own dedicated testing facility.

We are committed to Continuous Improvement and Innovation.

PATENTS

FastCAM is a very successful technical R&D and Patent based company. Over the years, we've solved many unique and complex fabrication problems:

  • No. 7,469,620, 2008, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, US
  • No. 8,987,636, 2015, Method and System for Multi Pass Weld Preparation Using a Cutting Torch, US
  • No. 1995013, 2014, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, EP
  • No. 6020040169447, 2008, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, DE
  • No. 1563940, 2008, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, PL
  • No. 8,433,435, 2013, Divisional, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, US
  • No. 2135701, 2013, Method and System for Predictive Torch Height Control, EP
  • No. D701,569, 2014, Bevel Head with Torch Holder, Pantograph Arm and Arm Set, US
  • No. 8,865,056, 2014, Bevel Head for Controlling a Cutting Torch to Cut Plate with Weld Preparation, US
  • No. D706,346, 2014, Pantograph Base Arm, US
  • No. D708,259, 2014, Pantograph Arm, US
  • No. 8,761,919, 2014, Continuation, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, US
  • No. 602009019843.2, 2014, Method and System for Predictive Torch Height Control, DE
  • No. 2135701, 2013, Method and System for Predictive Torch Height Control, PL, ES, FR
  • No. TR 2014/01131 T4, 2013, Method and System for Predictive Torch Height Control, TR
  • No. 1995013, 2014, Divisional, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, ES, PL, FR
  • No. 602004045080.4, 2014, Divisional, Method and System for Eliminating External Piercing in NC Cutting of Nested Parts, DE
  • No. 9,020,628, 2015, Continuation, Method And System For Eliminating External Piercing In NC Cutting Of Nested Parts, US
  • No. 602007042133.0, 2015, Method and System for Multi Pass Weld Preparation Using a Cutting Torch, DE
  • No. 1944113, 2015, Method and System for Multi Pass Weld Preparation Using a Cutting Torch, PL, ES, FR
  • No. TR 2015 12402 T4, 2015, Method and System for Multi Pass Weld Preparation Using a Cutting Torch, TR
There are also significant patent applications including:
  • Methods and Systems for a plasma machine for the processing of all long steel product Including Universal beams using a gantry style plate cutting machine.
  • Method and System for NC plasma common Cutting of non-rectangular nested parts.
We welcome new strategic and OEM enquiries.


The FastCAM® product was first shipped in 1976 and was originally developed because CAD systems were over complicated for workshop personnel. Even now, many manufacturing solutions are either inadequate or complex and expensive, particularly for heavy plate.

FastCAM®'s ease-of-use and low cost still set it apart from other CAM and CAD/CAM systems and the new generation of FastCAM software is used by thousands of users around the world.

Today the product line has been expanded to include dozens of trademarked products encompassing many industries and distribution points and FastCAM® is used in many different environments.



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