Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing software (CAD/CAM) is used in mechanical, electrical, and electronic design; simulation, drafting, and engineering; and design analysis and manufacturing. Typically, CAD software and CAM software runs on mainframe computers, general-purpose workstations, and personal computers (PCs). Computer operating systems (OS) include Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Solaris, and SunOS. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation,...
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Q & A on Computer-aided Design and Computer-aided Manufacturing Software (CAD/CAM)

We asked our users for their input on Computer-aided Design and Computer-aided Manufacturing Software (CAD/CAM). Here are the results of 180 users familiar with Computer-aided Design and Computer-aided Manufacturing Software (CAD/CAM).

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Applications and UseTop

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For what end-use categories of projects or devices do you use CAD or CAM software (at any level)?
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Preparation of drawings for approvals from authorities. We also use several computer software, mostly in-house developed for design calculations.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Kochi, India
For designing, as when using CAD CAM software chances of mistakes becomes less. Also these fast forward the lead time in the completion of projects.
~Panchkula, India
Machine, component, part design and stress analysis all the way to rendered images for marketing and breakdowns for manuals.
~Engineering, Design, Wangara, Australia
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Where does the engineering software you use most often (any type) reside? (Ex: company’s workstations or servers, or on a provider’s server.)
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Excel models reside in company's servers, GIS (ESRI) and Mathematica (Wolfram) models reside in company's workstations.
~Engineering, Other, Lima, peru, Peru
It resides in the company servers.
~Other, Singapore, Singapore
Company’s workstations or servers
~Other, Madrid, Spain
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How and with whom have you resolved any quality/error/bug problems with CAD and CAM software?
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Native help files WEB site knowledge base Support via e-mail Support via chat Support via phone On-line vendor probe of local issues
~Engineering, Consulting, Kinnelon, NJ
By redrawing the drawing, saving the files more times than required and sometimes making it with other method if possible.
~Panchkula, India
We use the software in non-traditional applications, so we used to research technical information in books and internet.
~Engineering, Other, Lima, peru, Peru
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FeaturesTop

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Which specific features, capabilities and characteristics did you seek in your latest selection of CAD and CAM software?
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Adaptive framing population with connection facilities. Building constructions like conservatories and curtain walling with facility to and custom profile sections, definition of connections and machining that go with it.
~Engineering, Consulting, Kruishoutem, Belgium
5-axis machining Configurable post-processors Solid Model based toolpath verification Geometry selection set editing Parametric operation sequence programming Ability to alter work-coordinate systems
~Engineering, Consulting, Stillwater, MN
There should be more flexibility and features with parametric modifications preferably in CAD, CAM . Some sort of parametric capabilities must be openly induced in AutoCad 2D.
~Panchkula, India
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What would you like to see implemented in future versions of CAD and CAM software?
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Some building blocks facilities like the AutoCAD's dynamic blocks, but then for 3D elements. Have a look at this site: www.cover3d.com. That is what we're looking for, except that the database setup is too complex. Also we need more flexibility in creating articles like plywood board and film products that come with it so roofing systems can be set up.
~Engineering, Consulting, Kruishoutem, Belgium
These must be introduced in manufacturing for exp.. with CNC machines with special packages along with free training offers. Such kind of step should improve the market of CAD CAM software as well as knowledge in the sector.
~Panchkula, India
Better tool libraries More options for individual sequence control Eliminate barriers to automatic and edit-free programs
~Engineering, Consulting, Stillwater, MN
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Aside from features and capabilities of CAD and CAM software, what are the top criteria for selecting a source?
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Easy to operate, ability to model all sort of shapes, ability to estimate the surface areas and weights of the components under design, ease of training, cost effectiveness.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Kochi, India
Suitability for task(s) and productivity User friendly, ilogically intuitive Robustness, stability and accuracy High quality display Speed, responsiveness
~Engineering, Consulting, Kinnelon, NJ
On-going support User support forums Free training materials Library of post-processors Reasonable maintenance fees
~Engineering, Consulting, Stillwater, MN
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Buying AdviceTop

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Before you started on your latest project using CAD and CAM software, what do you wish you had known beforehand that would have made the process easier?
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When ever sitting on CAD and Cam software the main calculations, cautions like dimensional tolerances and fool proofing have to be evaluated as per the job demand and more over sometimes try to plan the efficient design and program to reduce the further effort which leads to reduction in cost and time.
~Panchkula, India
The main objectives of the project, then the output indicators that are needed and finally how the software adapts to them.
~Engineering, Other, Lima, peru, Peru
Advanced animation and rendering fluid dynamics, would make the job much faster.
~Engineering, Consulting, Maribor, Slovenia
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