The article describes an idealized CAD/CAM system, where the user interacts with the computer via a graphics terminal, designing and manufacturing a part from start to finish with information for each activity stored in the computer data base. With CAD features, the user may construct a geometric model, analyze the structure, perform kinematic studies, and produce engineering drawings. With the CAM portion of the system, the user creates NC instructions for machine tools, produces process plans for fabricating the complete assembly, programs robots to handle tools and workpieces, and coordinates plant operation with a factory management system. Many present systems have all the CAD functions interfaced, and a few even have limited NC capabilities. But the other CAM functions are still in the early stages of development and usually are performed apart from the CAD system. Efforts by IPAD, ICAM, and CAM-I to advance and integrate CAD/CAM technologies are aimed at creating what many observers are calling CAE--an acronym for Computer-Aided Engineering or the broader area of Computer-Aided Enterprise. This level of sophistication would lead ultimately to the automated factory. The article includes a list of government groups and service organizations where general information on CAD/CAM concepts may be obtained, more specific information is available from individual computer system producers and equipment manufacturers, of which a list is also provided.

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    Penton Publishing Company

    Penton Building, 1111 Chester Avenue
    Cleveland, OH  United States  44113
  • Authors:
    • Krouse, J K
  • Publication Date: 1980-6-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 117-125
  • Serial:
    • Machine Design
    • Volume: 52
    • Issue Number: 13
    • Publisher: Penton Media, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0024-9114

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  • Accession Number: 00315039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM