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What is a CADCAM?



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CAD = Computer Aided Design CAM = Computer Aided Manufacturing A CAD system is like a computerized drafting board--you design parts on it. A CAM system makes the parts, and it can be one of several kinds--machining centers, laser, abrasivejet, electric-discharge machining, CNC welding, and plasma are some of the popular ones. Whichever you have, you create some parts on it and test them. If they work properly, you use the CAM equipment to make tooling for high-speed production because carving each part out on a CAM system is too slow.