Computer-aided manufacturing

use of computer software to control machine tools

Computer-aided manufacture (CAM) is the use of computers to control machines when creating a product.[1][2][3] It may also refer to the use of a computer to help planning.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages Disadvantages
Creates a neater product Software could crash
Less chances to make a mistake Need to train people to use it
Takes less time to make the product than by hand Puts people out of jobs because there will only need to be a few employees

Examples where CAM is used



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  2. Sarcar, M. M. M., Rao, K. M., & Narayan, K. L. (2008). Computer aided design and manufacturing. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd..
  3. Groover, M., & Zimmers, E. W. J. R. (1983). CAD/CAM: computer-aided design and manufacturing. Pearson Education.