Posted On: August 18, 2016
Today, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) have become integral parts of any manufacturing process. CAD/CAM processes have helped organization speed up production time, and enhance the quality of the product in terms of design. CAD/CAM has also made the process of creating custom products easier. However, there are still first-time customers who are not completely familiar with these two processes. They can find the information they are looking for in this post.
Understanding CAD/CAM Processes
Computer Aided Drafting comprises the use of computers to create a complete 2D or 3D design of a product. It can also be used to analyze and modify existing products for upgradation purposes. Computer Aided Manufacturing is the process where computer software is used to control machine tools, which are used to manufacture different types of products. CAM is also known as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming tool. The CAD design of the product is fed into the software. The software controls the machine tools that are used to manufacture industrial and commercial products.
The Reasons behind the Popularity of CAD/CAM
There are a few important reasons that have led to the adoption of CAD/CAM processes by industrial organizations worldwide. These are given below.
- Reduced Time: The use of computer aided software for both design and manufacturing stages has reduced the time between these stages immensely. This in turn has reduced the overall manufacturing and delivery time.
- Easy Transition: As software is used in both processes, the transition from CAD to CAM is seamless, and does not require a lot of time or effort.
- Easy Upgradation: Due to the continual growth in popularity of these two processes, there is a demand to upgrade the machinery for better results. Today, a variety of inexpensive yet powerful computers and automated machinery for CAD/CAM is available. By upgrading their systems, organizations are in better positions to serve their customers.
- Better Quality: During the 1960s, computers were expensive, and could only be afforded by large companies. However, computers became standard place in industrial organizations a decade later. This allowed small and medium sized companies to acquire these software and machinery, and use them to enhance their product and service offerings.
A Look at BDE’s CAD/CAM Services
BDE Inc. provides CAD/CAM programming services, which comprise a variety of services. These include CAD/CAM research, consulting, product design, tooling design, and prototyping. We utilize CAD drawings, mockups, and 3D modelling to complete the initial CAD phases. The materials are selected according to the application and product requirements. The CAM process can be extended by utilizing CNC and EDM machining.
BDE’s processes adhere to the regulations laid down by the following organizations – ANSI, ASME, ASTM, ISO, RoHS, and Mil-Spec. Click here if you would like to know more about our CAD/CAM capabilities.