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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 22The Future of CAD/CAM

Over the past decade, CAD/CAM has provided hope and excitement about the prospects for the manufacturing industries which have been in sharp contrast with recent reports of slow growth in U.S. productivity. CAD/CAM technology has responded to industry needs for sophisticated interactive graphics, computer-controlled machine tools, intelligent robots, improved inspection techniques, and a host of other innovations to do manufacturing better. It is contingent upon management to make the most of this new technology so that its full promise can be realized in the future.

Our purpose in this concluding chapter is to explore some of the future developments in computer-aided design and manufacturing. Most of the comments ...

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