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CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by JR. - Department of Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University Emory W. Zimmers,, Mikell P. Groover

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Chapter 21Implementing a CAD/CAM System

21.1 Introduction

In previous chapters we have explored the many uses of computer systems in design and manufacturing. We have discussed computer-aided design—the hardware, software, and how CAD systems are applied to the design of a product. And we have discussed computer-aided manufacturing—numerical control, robots, computerized production management systems, computer-controlled manufacturing cells, and a host of other topics related to CAM. Throughout the discussion, the importance of integrating the design and manufacturing functions with CAD/CAM has been emphasized.

In this chapter we attempt to develop the guidelines and criteria for implementing CAD/CAM. By this we mean the implementation of a ...

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