Article requires registration
CAD/CAM CAD/CAM: Creating machines and products with computer-aided techniques
How do computer-aided modelling and computer-aided manufacturing work? Here's what people should know about the basics.
In the world of industrial fabrication, computers play vital roles in taking ideas from concepts to realities. Digitised production workflows are practically everywhere, but they can still be somewhat confusing. If you're struggling to make heads or tails of computer-aided design, or CAD, and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAM, you're probably not alone.
How do these techniques work, and what's the big deal about mastering them? Here's why understanding them is essential for everyone from factory workers and product concept designers to start-up CEOs.