A CAD/CAM System Should Fit the Shop

Asking the CAD/CAM vendor about specific tools within the software package, tools that relate to the kind of work the shop performs, can help head off problems down the road.

 

Two men consulting a monitor with CAD/CAM software displayed

The CAM system should be accessible, easy to use and support ongoing manpower development initiatives essential to the long-term success of the business. 

There are many reasons for a shop to consider upgrading its CAD/CAM system. Most of these reasons are good, such as increased business from new industries, new equipment purchases and adding additional capabilities.

However, as software technology continues to move forward at an increasingly faster pace, upgrading a shop’s CAD/CAM system needs to be a considered carefully to maximize the investment. In the article, “CAD/CAM Selection to Fit the Shop,” we look at a practical checklist of questions for a shop to ask during the selection process.

Asking the vendor about specific tools within the software package, tools that relate to the kind of work the shop performs, can help head off problems down the road. Some of the tools available since the last time the shop looked at programming software might include simulation, tool libraries, operation managers, setup sheets, and so on. These and other features should be evaluated to determine how they can be applied to broaden a shop’s capabilities while reducing its costs.

Read the entire article here.