MCAD Tech News #1823 Aug, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe
The Next Chapter for CAM
As CAM matures, it is becoming easier to use — and profitable
I’ve witnessed many changes in the manufacturing market, and one of the most significant ways that it has changed and continues to change is in how it's influenced by technology and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing). Unlike CAD, where prices have dropped relative to functionality, to a large extent CAM has not enjoyed the same situation. Historically, CAM has had a high initial cost, high maintenance fees and a high learning curve. Add to that high salaries for those who've run these systems. These are all major hurdles that hindered wider acceptance of CAM -- the same obstacles that CAD overcame more quickly.
One recent development that has opened up more options for CAM is multitasking of both people and machines.
by Kenneth Wong
After making its way through Baghdad's security gantlet and U.S. Customs' scrutiny, a package containing a plaster cast arrived at St. Charles, Missouri. It finally came to Bill Macy, chief technology officer of REALADI, a company founded by several former Boeing engineers. The cast gave Macy the necessary specifications to manufacture something for a 37-year-old Iraqi man who had sustained a traumatic injury. Macy was going to build a new leg for him. Read more >>
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