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Applications of Computer Aided Manufacturing

18 MAR 2014


Computer-aided manufacturing, also known as CAM, uses geometrical design data to control automated machinery. These systems differ from older forms of numerical control, in that geometrical data are encoded mechanically. Using CAM, it’s possible to simulate in three dimensions the movement of a part through a production process. This process can simulate feed rates, angles and speeds of machine tools as well as other constraints limiting the operations of a machine. The ability to simulate various manufacturing processes is one of the key selling points of CAM, allowing the system to gain widespread acceptance in the industry. The CAM system also facilitates communication among those involved in the design process, which can be important when one firm contracts another to design or produce a component. For more information on Applications of Computer Aided Manufacturing, you should check out this great blog by the Digital School for a complete overview and more.

“The CAM system controls manufacturing operations performed by robotic welding machines and other industrial tools. A professional oversees how the system moves the raw material to different machines after the completion of each step. Finished products are also moved within the system to complete other manufacturing tasks such as synthesizing, quality control, packaging and final checks.Some of the major applications of the system are woodturning, metalworking, glass working, spinning and graphical optimization of the entire manufacturing procedure. Production of surfaces and screw threads, or aspheric optical elements made from glass, crystals, and other metals, can also be done through Computer-Aided Manufacturing.”