RAPID OUTPUT began
developing Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) Software on a fold-out table in Don
Ball's Silicon Valley den in 1985. Back then, we called ourselves VISUAL N.C. and
our first product was named GEOVISION. By the end of 1986, dozens of San Francisco
Bay Area machine shops were using GEOVISION. People as far away as Europe were
beginning to appreciate the productivity benefits that could be achieved with customized,
By tailoring software to output precisely the G-code our customers needed, we soon gained
a reputation as a competent, honest and service-oriented company. When one of our early
customers (a shop specializing in large quantities of small parts) asked us to find an
easier way to put 100 parts on one plate of magnesium, we developed a single command that
multiplied a one part program into hundreds -- even on a horizontal machine with the
tombstone turned 12.5 degrees!
Of course, even a system ideally
suited to your shop is useless if it takes a rocket scientist to run it. So our
programmers took the 'computerese' out of the system. Commands to move the quill up
and down are simple, shop words like MILL and DRILL. To turn cutter compensation on, you
call up COMP. This conversational machinist's language, along with the people who
created and support it, are what set G-ZERO apart from other CAM Systems.
Today, we employ several full-time
programmers and support personnel in California, Salt Lake City and Munich, Germany.
Much of our business has been 'virtualized' by employing the part-time talents of
programmers in California, Texas, England, Italy, Russia and India. This
best-of-breed approach to software development has helped us to create the best quick-turn
programming system on the market.
G-ZERO has sold over 4,000 seats
worldwide, and as most other CAM companies continue to develop systems that look more like
engineering tools than machining tools, the future for conversational CAM has never looked
To develop and integrate PC-based
software which produces safe, efficient and customizable G-code for CNC Mills and Lathes,
and to provide industry-leading support services.
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