While computer-aided engineering (CAE) refers to the use of software to simulate the effects of real-world conditions, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is used later in the product development process, where software is used to automate manufacturing processes.
Specifically, CAM software automates the creation of computerized numeric control (CNC) toolpaths by directly referencing 3D CAD geometry. CAM software generates programming instructions that are used to manufacture products and tools.
Integral CAD/CAM solutions eliminate the need for data translation when moving from design to production manufacturing. CAD/CAM solutions accelerate time to market, reduce development costs, improve product quality, reduce programming errors, and simplify the manufacturing of complex geometry.
CAD software is used to design 3D parts and assembly models. This software directly references the 3D CAD model geometry to automate the creation of machining toolpaths. CAD/CAM software improves quality and eliminates errors by ensuring CNC toolpaths are updated when CAD geometry is modified.
Accelerate Time to Market
CAM software leverages the digital 3D CAD model to automatically generate the code for computerized numerical control (CNC) machines used to produce parts and tools.
Improve Cost and Quality
CAM software reduces manufacturing times and helps avoid human error in programming the CNC machines.
Production of Complex Forms
CAM software simplifies the manufacturing of complex shapes using advanced machining strategies to define complicated tool motions.
Creo offers easy-to-use tool and die solutions for creation of mold base, core and cavity, progressive dies, and toolpaths for coordinate measuring machines (CMM). All are fully integrated into Creo for a seamless workflow.
Creo offers easy-to-use production machining solutions for milling, turning, sheet metal, hole-making, and wire EDM processes. All are fully integrated into Creo for a seamless workflow.
With Creo, you can design, optimize, validate, and run a print check all in one environment, reducing overall process time, tedium, and mistakes. When you're ready, simply send the file straight to the 3D printer. You can design for additive manufacturing in polymers and in metal, and then connect directly to your chosen printer with its optimized printer profile and support structures.
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