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RAMCO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, RAJAPALAYAM

DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

AUTODESK INVENTOR
From CAM definition, the application of
CAM falls into two broad categories:
1. Computer monitoring and control .

Process
Computer Process
data

Process data
Computer Process
Control signals

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2. Manufacturing support application .

Process data
Computer Mfg
Control signals operations

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The Product Cycle and CAD/CAM
In order to establish the scope and definition
of CAD/CAM in an engineering environment
and identify existing and future related tools,
a study of a typical product cycle is necessary.
The following Figure shows a flowchart of
such a cycle.

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Typical Product Life Cycle
The Design Process
Design Collecting
Design definitions, relevant design
needs specifications, information and
and requirements feasibility study
Synthesis
Analysis The CAD Process
Design Design
Design Design Design Design
documentation and modeling and
evaluation optimization analysis conceptualization
communication simulation

The Manufacturing Process


Production
planning The CAM Process
Design and
procurement of
Process
new tools Quality Packaging
planning Production Shipping
control
Order
materials

NC, CNC, DNC


programming

Marketing

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Definition of CAD Tools Based on Their Implementation in a Design
Environment

Hardware
(control unit; display
terminals;
Design tools + Computer I/O devices = CAD tools

Software (graphics;
modeling; applications
programs

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LEADING PIONEERS OF CAD USERS – 1950’S
CAD APPLICATION IN INDUSTRY – 1960’S
MODELING
PACKAGES