What Every Engineer Should Know About Practical Cad/Cam Applications

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This authoritative book -- discussing CAD/CAM in detail from the user's rather than the vendor's point of view -- provides the valuable information engineers and managers need for optimal CAD/CAM implementation and use. It introduces CAD/CAM hardware and software, and demonstrates how to select a CAD/CAM solution for your company's specific requirements ... explains how to implement a CAD/CAM system, with special attention to training and education, and with useful checklists ... describes ongoing systems ... presents an informative overview of CAD/CAM's industrial use ... and details case studies of CAD/CAM applications, representing a broad range of companies throughout the world, in various industrial sectors, at different stages of CAD/CAM use. Complete with a glossary that clearly defines all CAD/CAM terminology, this essential reference source is mandatory reading for mechanical, manufacturing, automotive and aerospace engineers and managers; CAD/CAM system vendors; computer manufacturers; graduate-level courses in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, CAD/CAM, and computer science; and professional seminars in mechanical, manufacturing, and automotive engineering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824775933
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/1986
  • Series: What Every Engineer Should Know Series, #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface iv
Part I Selection and Implementation
1. Introduction to CAD/CAM 3
1.1 Batch processing 5
1.2 Interactive computer graphics and CAD/CAM 5
1.3 Some applications of CAD/CAM 7
1.4 Geometry modelling 8
1.5 Problems with acronyms 9
1.6 CAD/CAM, computer-aided drafting and NC programming 10
1.7 The importance of CAD/CAM 11
1.8 CAD/CAM and CIM 12
1.9 CAD/CAM and group technology 13
1.10 The benefits of CAD/CAM 13
1.11 Some problems with CAD/CAM 15
2. The Contents of a CAD/CAM System 19
2.1 Hardware 20
2.2 Software 31
2.3 Putting the ingredients together 38
2.4 Trends 40
3. Selection of a CAD/CAM System 41
3.1 Fictitious system selection in Pittsburgh 41
3.2 Productivity and finance 54
3.3 Selection of a CAD/CAM system 62
4. Getting Started in CAD/CAM 79
4.1 Monon Models Inc. gets started in CAD/CAM 80
4.2 Clarification of the role and position of CAD/CAM 86
4.3 Preparation for system installation and use 89
4.4 CAD/CAM system installation 103
4.5 Initial use of the system 104
5. Ongoing CAD/CAM Operations 105
5.1 System operations 106
5.2 Organizational issues related to system use 108
5.3 Forward planning 111
5.4 Managing the implementation of CAD/CAM 112
5.5 Auditing the implementation of CAD/CAM 113
6. The Future of CAD/CAM 115
6.1 Superficial evolution 116
6.2 Vertical evolution 118
6.3 Horizontal evolution 121
6.4 Closing remarks 122
Part II Overview of CAD/CAM Applications in Industry
7. Overview of the Industrial Use of CAD/CAM 127
7.1 A brief history of the use of CAD/CAM 129
7.2 Current use of CAD/CAM in various industrial sectors 133
7.3 Current use of CAD/CAM in various manufacturing technologies 143
7.4 Some national and international CAD/CAM projects 148
7.5 Conclusion 150
8. Industrial Case Studies 151
8.1 APV International Ltd 152
8.2 BMW AG 156
8.3 A computer peripherals manufacturer 159
8.4 Marconi Underwater Systems Limited 163
8.5 Paterson Candy International Limited 167
8.6 Rank Xerox Limited 169
8.7 Saab Aircraft Division 174
8.8 Salomon SA 180
8.9 Stellram SA 182
8.10 A Swiss watch manufacturer 185
8.11 Westland Helicopters Limited 187
8.12 A white goods manufacturer 191
9. Ingredients for Successful Implementation of CAD/CAM 197
9.1 Top management 199
9.2 Basic applications knowledge 201
9.3 Requirements analysis 202
9.4 Users 202
9.5 Focused applications 204
9.6 Training and education 204
9.7 The CAD/CAM system 206
9.8 CAD/CAM system support 208
9.9 CAD/CAM system development 210
9.10 CAD/CAM system operations 212
9.11 Ongoing CAD/CAM management 212
Further reading 217
Glossary 221
Index 251
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