CAD has steadily advanced over the past few decades to the stage at which conceptual designs for products can be made entirely within the frame of CAD software. Computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) and CAD / CAM services take this one step further to provide with the benefits of CAM, which happen to be many.
CAD / CAM Services Can Get You All the Benefits of CAM
The field of computer-aided-design (CAD) has steadily advanced over the past few decades to the stage at which conceptual designs for new products can be made entirely within the frame of CAD software.
Computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) and CAD / CAM services take this one step further by bridging the gap between the conceptual design and the manufacturing of the finished product, providing you with the many benefits of CAM.
In the past, it would be necessary for a design developed with CAD software to be manually converted into a drafted paper drawing that provides the instructions for its manufacture. This is completely changed by computer-aided-manufacturing and CAD / CAM services as CAM software can be used to allow data from CAD software to be converted directly into a set of manufacturing instructions.
How CAD / CAM Services Uses CAM Software
CAD / CAM services use CAM software to convert 3D models generated in CAD into a set of basic operating instructions written in G-code. G-code is a programming language that can be understood by numerical controlled machines—essentially industrial robots, and the G-code can instruct the machine tool to manufacture a large number of items with perfect precision and faith into the CAD design.
Using the CAM software, CAD / CAM services can link modern numerical controlled machine into a ‘cell’, which is a collection of tools. Each tool in the collection performs a specified task in the manufacture of a product.
The product is passed along the cell in the manner of a production line, with each machine tool performing a single step of the process. Following are the benefits of CAM can you expect to get by using CAD / CAM services for CAM:
- Reduced costs of producing goods due to less involvement of human operators
- Ability to make quick alterations to product design as there is no need to translate CAD models into manufacturing instructions through paper drafts
- The ability to manage tasks such as the re-ordering of parts, which further minimizes human involvement in the process
- The ability of the numerically controlled machine to sense errors and automatically shut down
- A continuation of the trend to make manufacturing entirely automated
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