Long time since my last post uh… like you, I was starting to question if CAMZone was ever going to get a new post… This one came to my mind when I was at the bed already… then the light came and I said: Let´s do it before it´s gone…
It´s true that the inspiration for today´s post came from some events in the last two days, more precisely the new cool features Siemens PLM put on NX 8.5 – Let´s talk about them among other things… today´s post is more about the industry, with a few technical points… it´s about my perceptions about where the CAM tools are heading to…
Like I said earlier, from time to time the CAM user base demands a new milestone in CAM – It´s like those guys in the 80´s that used to say that verification was a luxury, just wireframe toolpath simulation was fine, and then some guys set a new milestone and the rest is history. Then in the middle of the 90´s machine simulation was eye candy stuff, and by the beginning of the 00´s new rules were stablished, and today, a vendor without machine simulation does not get a chair around the table anymore.
This is our third post. I’d like to say thank you for the thousand visits I got in the last two days. I never thought we could get that much in such short period. Thanks!
Sit tight: Our today’s post is about the close relationship between CAD, CAM and PLM and how this sometimes may not be good for CAD/CAM users.
Since the CAMZone conception came to my mind a few weeks ago, I think that this was the first thing that crossed my mind as a subject to be discussed. In the last 15 years, PLM turned to be the best friend and the Mr. Nice Guy from the CAx industry. And for this very reason, I think my post is going to create a great deal of controversy specially among some people living from PLM. Ok, let’s start!
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.