Course Description

In the past decades, Computer Aided Design (CAD) was developed to streamline and make the drafting functions more efficient, flexible and easy to manage. Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) in turn has developed to eliminate bottlenecks between the design and manufacturing stage. Traditional clerical functions have been integrated into a comprehensive computer controlled systems, including the generation of bills of materials, controlling the machine tools, manufacturing process planning, and machine cell control. CAM results in lower production and product costs, and increased business profitability.

The Course Objectives

This course introduces the students to CAM, CAD/CAM software and machine tool hardware. The benefits of CAM such as automation reliability, reduced production costs, seamless design and production process integration, increased product design and manufacturing flexibility, rapid prototyping, production planning, production inventory management, and the ongoing CAM advances to fully automate the production are explored. CAM is expensive, with incompatibilities caused by a non-existent global standard; factors a student is made aware of.

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MEC7115: Computer Aided Manufacturing DOC PDF PS