Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) combines software and hardware (machinery) to automate manufacturing processes. This aids in streamlining the workflow process by combining the following elements to enable the CAM system in running optimally.
- CAD Software – creates the components and helps in creating and generating CNC toolpaths
- Post Processor – For the machine to understand the design, Post processors convert the CAM toolpaths into G-Code (Machine language)
- Machine (CNC) – Stock material is used in a subtractive manufacturing process (turning/milling) to create a finished product