3 Reasons Your Fabricator Must Have CAD-CAM Software Incorporated in Their CNC Manufacturing Process
Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) are computer software used for designing and manufacturing different industrial products. Specifically, CAD centres on the design element and documentation of the way you want your product to look. On the other hand, CAM focuses on using the assemblies and models created by the CAD to drive and direct the machines in the CNC process to turn the design models into tangible products. So why should you choose a fabricator who uses CAD-CAM software in the CNC machining procedures? Here is a quick look at the top three reasons:
Better Programming Potential
The last thing you want is to come up with a brilliant design only for the fabricator to tell that he or she doesn't have the toolkit to deliver all the specifications of your designs. This is a thing of the past for those fabricators who have CAD-CAM oriented CNC toolkits. These toolkits open up many design possibilities for fabricators. They can work on complex projects in three-dimensional and 3-axis perspectives. In ordinary fabrication shops with no CAD-CAM toolkits, it is nearly impossible to perform these calculations and crafts by hand or by using controlled machine cycles.
Better Control of the Job at Hand
A fabricator with CAD-CAM oriented toolkits has better control and authority over any job that they perform. The software comes with a computer-aided machine tree manager, an important component that outlines the structure of the job from the start to the end. The fabricator has details of the coordinates of the job, stock requirements, tooling and material needs alongside the post-processing of the final product. In this way, the fabricator can prepare well for the job by looking for any additional materials and tools that they do not have. They are also better placed to forecast potential problems that may arise during the procedures and prepare adequate remedies.
There Is No Room for Guesswork
It is common to find some lathe, milling and other machines in shops controlled manually. Some fabricators have not computerised their operations fully, leaving a few tasks to human judgement and artisanship. This can lead to a slight variation of the final product contrary to what you would have expected from the fabricator. Thankfully, CAD-CAM oriented toolkits maximise automation of all the processes and improve efficiency from the design phase to the delivery of the tangible product. There is no room for error and guesswork.