CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) refers to computer software that is used to both design and manufacture products.
CAD is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate tool paths that drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is most often used for machining of prototypes and finished parts.
Autodesk CAM solutions
HSMWorks and Inventor HSM software are integrated CAM solutions. Whether you are producing prototypes or finished parts, these products put you in control by delivering:
Autodesk has partnered with CAM industry leaders to provide customers access to the tools they need. AutoCAD and Inventor software are fully interoperable with manufacturing products such as EdgeCAM or InventorCAM, GibbsCAM, and MasterCAM.
The Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) (US Site) offers a variety of CAM tools that work with Inventor and AutoCAD. With more than 1,000 partners for AutoCAD alone, ADN offers a full range of manufacturing-partner products.
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