CAD/CAM Systems - 4 Basic CAM
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CAM utilizes computers in the control and operations of the manufacturing process.

There are two main applications for Computer-Aided Manufacturing:

  1. Where the computer directly controls a manufacturing operation.
  2. Where the computer is used to support the manufacturing process, for example inventory Control and CNC part programming.

The application most commonly associated with CAM is CNC part programming. Generally, the application involves either defining the part geometry or retrieving it from an existing file and then describing the tool path including the feed rate , coolant, and work holding. Next, the program is run through a process called post-processing in which a CNC file is generated.

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