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…
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 – 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.
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!