Full Form of CAM:
CAM Full Form is Computer-Aided Manufacturing. CAM is the utilisation of software for the purpose of controlling machine and related tools necessary for the manufacturing of workpieces. The term CAM can also be employed in reference to the usage of a computer for the assistance in all operations conducted in a manufacturing plant such as planning, transportation, management, and storage. The primary purpose of CAM is to develop a faster and better production process and tooling with more defined dimensions as well as a material consistency that in a few cases makes use of only the necessary amount of raw material and at the same time minimising the consumption of energy.
CAM is a system now commonly used in schools and lower educational facilities. It is a process which follows Computer-aided design (abbreviated as CAD) and a few times, computer-aided engineering (abbreviated as CAE). As far as the year 2011 is concerned, the following are some of the biggest vendors of CAM software: Mastercam, Delcam, Cimatron, Geometric Technologies, Enroute Software, Tebis, CNC Software, Missler Software TopSolid, DP technology, SesCoi, Vero Software, Siemens PLM Software, and CG Tech.
CAM may get complicated for use as there are a few areas of concern, namely: 5 Axis Machining, Multi-function Machining, Machining processes’ Automation, Ease of Use, and Tool paths’ streamlining. Most of such aforementioned Machining processes go through several levels and each one of these levels are implemented by means of various sophisticated but basic strategies, depending much on the software available and the material.
The processes typically involve the following levels:
- Roughing: This process initiates with raw stock, commonly known as billet and shapes it in the form of a final model.
- Semi-Finishing: This process starts with a raw and rough part which unevenly estimates the model and accordingly cuts it to within a specific offset distance of the model. This process must leave a little amount of material so that the tool is able to accurately cut while finishing.
- Finishing: This process involves a gradual pass across the material in the form of fine steps for the production of the finished part. In this process, the step from one pass to another is minimal.
- Contour Milling: The process results in impressive surface finish exhibiting high dimensional accuracy and is, therefore, considered an indispensable process for CAM.