Aerospace & Defense
Innovation and collaborative, synchronized program management for new programs
Innovation and collaborative, synchronized program management for new programsExplore Industry
Integration of mechanical, software and electronic systems technologies for vehicle systemsExplore Industry
Product innovation through effective management of integrated formulations, packaging and manufacturing processesExplore Industry
New product development leverages data to improve quality and profitability and reduce time-to-market and costsExplore Industry
Supply chain collaboration in design, construction, maintenance and retirement of mission-critical assetsExplore Industry
Integration of manufacturing process planning with design and engineering for today’s machine complexityExplore Industry
Shipbuilding innovation to sustainably reduce the cost of developing future fleetsExplore Industry
“Personalized product innovation” through digitalization to meet market demands and reduce costsExplore Industry
Siemens PLM Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) commonly refers to the use of numerical control (NC) computer software applications to create detailed instructions (G-code) that drive computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools for manufacturing parts. Manufacturers in a variety of industries depend on the capabilities of CAM to produce high-quality parts.
A broader definition of CAM can include the use of computer applications to define a manufacturing plan for tooling design, computer-aided design (CAD) model preparation, NC programming, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) inspection programming, machine tool simulation, or post-processing. The plan is then executed in a production environment, such as direct numerical control (DNC), tool management, CNC machining, or CMM execution.
The benefits of CAM include a properly defined manufacturing plan that delivers expected results in production.
CAM systems can maximize utilization of a full range of production equipment, including high speed, 5-axis, multi-function and turning machines, electrical discharge machining (EDM) and CMM inspection equipment.
CAM systems can aid in creating, verifying, and optimizing NC programs for optimum machining productivity, as well as automate the creation of shop documentation.
Advanced CAM systems with product lifecycle management (PLM) integration can provide manufacturing planning and production personnel with data and process management to ensure use of correct data and standard resources.
CAM and PLM systems can be integrated with DNC systems for delivery and management of files to CNC machines on the shop floor.