Ethics, quality assurance and customer care in CAx

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Here I am again with my perspectives… I’ve been thinking about today’s post for a long time… months in fact… I was awaiting for the start/end of some events in the industry before I write it. I think I’m done now.

In today’s post I’d like to share some perspectives I’ve got about bugs, customer care and ethics in the CAx world. Let’s go then…

We live in a world driven by profit and consume. Every industrialized country out there works this way. As a consumer, you, me, we want to buy products with a fair price, durability and good post-sales support. This applies to products, services, etc. In order to save money and increase the profit, more and more companies have researched for more resistant and less expensive materials and resources, in order to deliver the same for less. Some other companies, only care about the “less expensive” portion of my sentence, and give a damn to quality. Some products are designed to fail so you have to buy another piece. This is the “Wal-Mart” effect.There are deals for all tastes. You pick it.

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Post-processors – What you should know about them

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When I started this blog I knew it would be hard to update it in an often basis… but I didn’t know it would be so hard! I sincerely apologize for the HUGE interval between my posts, hopefully I have a plenty of work to do and the rest of my time I’m spending with my family, or sleeping… :P

I was enjoying some deserved vacations when I started www.camzone.org , so during the first weeks I was posting more often… anyway, as I said in my first post, the idea about this place is to exercise my idiom skills, learn new things and offer a bit of what I’ve learned from others in the past 13 years in the machining world… if I don’t have anything new or worth to post, I simply keep thinking about something until I can come up with a subject and a content reasonably interesting…

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Component Technology – There’s no fun without it

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Long time since my last post huh? Well, I was (And still am) on a vacation, and the deal here was to spent time with the family… something I admit I could have done better in the last 10 years… so the golden rule was: kids first…

Today’s post is about 3rd party technology (A.K.A Component Technology or software libraries) – A vital element in CAD/CAM since its early days. I think this post is going to be very long (I don’t like Part I and Part II posts), and yet, we will cover just a small portion of what is really happening in the industry and where the components are. I’ll do my best to talk about the major players and component technology suppliers, who is using it and where, but I have to say up front that it’s nearly impossible to cover it all. This is because component technology is so deeply rooted in CAx that sometimes is nearly impossible to distinguish when you are using a component that was designed by your CAD/CAM vendor and when it was developed by a 3rd party supplier.

Let’s start from the beginning… sit tight… this is going to be a very long post…

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B Axis Turning – A recent and welcomed possibility

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I’ve thought a lot about what would be the subject of my next post…I was in between a technical subject or one about the industry. I decided today to pick the first kind.

I really want to see CAMZone.org as an attractive source of ideas and knowledge about CAM… in fact, although what I write here may potentially reach thousands of people (We got 2200 views in the last four days 8O – Thanks!), I essentially think in the posts pleasing myself – Don’t take me wrong – I’m very exigent with myself.

In the recent years, I was blessed with many opportunities to work with the latest technologies in machine tools and systems, and as I started to deal with more complex scenarios, I started to notice that certain things in the CAD/CAM world are confined and treated as “secrets”, and as such, they are not being shared. A pity.

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CAM – A great invention

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Well, now I feel that the second post is as hard to write as the first one. It’s easier to write about my history than writing about a thing I’m sure lots of people reading this now knows better than me: CAM. As I said in my previous post, I fall in love with CAM a decade ago… in the company I used to work there was a guy who was in charge of the post-processors and softwares. From my first contact with the expression “post-processor” on I started to dream about becoming a post-writer myself too… wow… many things happened after that time… 8)

The importance of CAM in the modern industry

Well, the fact is that CAM is behind nearly everything we have in the modern life. CAM takes place in turning into reality nearly every industrial process. It does play a critical role in how competitive the manufacturing companies are, although many of them do not promptly realize this. Some don’t even know where CAM plays a key role in their processes. Manufacturing, in a great extent, drives the world’s economy. And CAM is a big part of this mess.

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