CAM: Importance of CAD Design Models in Manufacturing Process
The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) model has completely changed the way of Industrial manufacturing parts and made design work more manageable. There is no doubt that Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) design has undergone a significant turning point since CAD technology is been used. Before CAD, draftsman used paper, pencils, rulers, compasses, and manual tools to go about their drafting. It is often less practical in today’s workplace. The major problem is that when there are design changes, the draftsman has to erase and remodel the entire plan, and that’s why it is a time-consuming process.
In the automotive industry, paper, pencils, and hand-drawn sketches were conceptual designer tools. Today, modern CAD / CAM technology provides more powerful computer tools that free him from the need to build physical models.
What is CAM Technology?
In the world of technologies, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, or CAM, is the all-new and remarkable invention for industries, and it has already impacted manufacturing, construction, and other industrial sectors.
“Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) commonly refers to the use of numerical control (NC) computer software applications to create detailed instructions (G-code) that drive computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools for manufacturing parts. Manufacturers in a variety of industries depend on the capabilities of CAM to produce high-quality parts.” – Thinking of SIEMENS.
CAD and CAM: How does it work together?
With the use of geometrical data, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is a computer technique that designs products. CAD Creates a 3D Product Design or Model that mostly appears on a Computer, and it can be easily modified if parameters need to change. CAD is the technology that helps designers to view their Product, Model, or Object by simulation with the Real-world condition.
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is the technology that gives data and command to the Automated Machinery as per the geometrical data. In other words, CAM Technology controls automated machines. CAM is the technology involved with the popular systems, and that is the computer numerical control (CNC) or direct numerical control (DNC) systems. These systems are very different from the older one, Numerical Control (NC).
Here, CAD and CAM both use Geometric data and computer-based methods. So, we can simultaneously work on the process from designing to developing. By creating a model using CAD, we can encode that model with CAM and Manufacturing it as per the model. That’s why Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are commonly used as CAD/CAM Technology.
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