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Computer Aided Design

Computer-aided design (CAD) software is used by architects, engineers, drafters, artists, and others to create precision drawings or technical illustrations. CAD software can be used to create two-dimensional (2-D) drawings or three-dimensional (3-D) models. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.

CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations. Starting around the mid 1970s, as computer aided design systems began to provide more capability than just an ability to reproduce manual drafting with electronic drafting, the cost benefit for companies to switch to CAD became apparent. The benefit of CAD systems over manual drafting are the capabilities one often takes for granted from computer systems today; automated generation of Bill of Material, auto layout in integrated circuits, interference checking, and many others.

CAD Career Opportunities

CAD/CAM is being used in almost every industry these days. As a CAD/CAM professional, you can choose from an array of career paths, including ..

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aerospace Technician
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automotive Technician
  • CAD/CAM Manager
  • CAD/CAM Operator
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Metal & Plastic Machinist
  • Assembler & Fabricator
  • Animation
  • CAD/CAM Software Development
  • CAD/CAM Hardware Development
  • CAD/CAM Software Maintainance
  • CAD/CAM Software TroubleShooting
  • CAD/CAM Consulting Services
  • CAD/CAM Instruction Services
  • CAD/CAM Marketing & Sales
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Production Engineer
  • Simulation Technology
  • Digital Art and Advertising
  • Internet Development & Consulting
  • Cutting Tool Designer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Rehabilitation Technology
  • Medical Imaging Systems
  • Digital Gaming & Amusement Systems
  • Robotics

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Computer Aided Manufacturing

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of work pieces. Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is an application technology that uses computer software and machinery to facilitate and automate manufacturing processes. CAM is the successor of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and is often used in tandem with computer-aided design (CAD).

CAM reduces waste and energy for enhanced manufacturing and production efficiency via increased production speeds, raw material consistency and more precise tooling accuracy.

CAM uses computer-driven manufacturing processes for additional automation of management, material tracking, planning and transportation. CAM also implements advanced productivity tools like simulation and optimization to leverage professional skills.

CAM Career Opportunities

CAM systems can maximize utilization of a full range of production equipment, including high speed, 5-axis, multi-function and turning machines, electrical discharge machining (EDM) and CMM inspection equipment.

CAM systems can aid in creating, verifying, and optimizing NC programs for optimum machining productivity, as well as automate the creation of shop documentation.

Advanced CAM systems with product lifecycle management (PLM) integration can provide manufacturing planning and production personnel with data and process management to ensure use of correct data and standard resources.

CAM and PLM systems can be integrated with DNC systems for delivery and management of files to CNC machines on the shop floor.

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