WHAT IS CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing ) —
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of software to control machine tools and related ones in the manufacturing of workpieces . CAM stands for Computer-Aided Manufacturing and referes to the use of software to control machine tools used in manufacturing processes.Enabling faster, accurate and more precise production of components, CAM is usually the next step after computer-aided design (CAD).Something desinged using CAD is then input into CAM software, which then controls the machine tool to the specifications of the design.CAM was first adopted by the French engineer Pierre Bezier who worked for the car company Renault. Bezier created a CAM system named UNISURF which assisted car body design.
POPULAR CAM —-
Now days,there are two CAM softwares are very popular DELCAM and MASTERCAM. Both are use for making automatic CNC programs. We import ISES or STEP formate file in software. It convert 3D model into program and CNC run according to given program. Basically DELCAM is very popular I Asian countries and MASTERCAM popular in Gulf countries. But in European countries use both.
CAM USE —-
Again, The term CAM is generally used in the industry to define the Computer Aided Manufacturing or Machining process. This is after a CAD design has been completed and CAM is needed to actually process the CAD part into a usable machine language that can be used by a milling machine or a lathe for machining. The language is often referred to as “G-Code”. Before a CAD model can be turned into this machine language, the CAM software must be programmed in order to calculate cutting paths in which the tools that are being used will take to remove excess material and produce a part. Most often found in CNC Milling, CNC Lathe and CNC Router. Yet also found in the part programming process for CNC Water Jets, Plasma, Laser and CNC Burning machines.There are many different types of CNC machines that are used in manufacturing. Major machine brands include Haas, Hurco, Fadal, Bridgeport, Mori Seiki, Fanuc and many others. Manual machines can also be retrofitted and turned into CNC machines by adding motors, CNC controllers and other important elements. The CAM software translates the machine Toolpath and all of the other information through what is called a “Post Processor” in order to create an exact style of NC Code that the specific machine tool will understand. These post processors are often times customizable by the operator or a CAD-CAM technician. In either case, they are a necessary part of the CNC machine programming process.