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What is CAM programming?

CAM programming or computer-aided manufacturing as it is also known uses computer-controlled machinery and high-tech software to automate the manufacturing process.

Engineers can create designs on computers which are then fed into the machines. In this article, we look at how the system and process works and when to use it.

How does CAM work?

In the past engineers have used traditional methods of manufacturing by creating patterns for the machines to follow. CAM removes the need for engineers to create hand-made ‘jigs’ with software that outlines the actions and processes for the machines to follow.

One of the advantages of CAM programming is that it is computer-aided. Designers can send their design specifications directly to the machine without the need to program the machines manually.

The process starts with designers creating a detailed 3D image of the part using the CAM software which speaks to the machinery.

Once the design, specifications, and measurements have been programmed the machine can replicate the part as many times as needed in as little time as possible.

When would you use CAM programming?

CAM is used across a wide range of industries including automotive and aerospace using a variety of materials such as metal, plastic, and wood.

The main advantage of CAM is that it reduces time. This increases productivity, with the automation process the key to its success.

Designers can correct and alter their designs without needing to manually reprogram the machines.

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