Choosing a CAD or a CAM solution can be a daunting task. There are many aspects that you need to take into consideration prior to making your choice. These include, but are by no means limited too such things as cost (up front and annual), functionality, availability, learn-ability, support resources, development schedule, popularity, and…well even more. Many people companies choose their solution based on a number of these items. However, one of the most important items to consider is often missed…integration.
Integration between your CAD and your CAM software is paramount in today’s manufacturing world. Integration allows downstream elements, such as CAM files, to automatically receive updates from upstream items like CAD files.
For example, ACME Manufacturing designs and manufactures their own product line. Today ACME uses one CAD product to engineer with and a totally independent and different CAM product to manufacture with. This was ok to do…10 plus years ago.
The problem with this methodology is that when the engineering team makes a change to the CAD data how do they ensure that the manufacturing teams not only receives that engineering change, but that the manufacturing team uses is? Also, how long does it take the manufacturing team to integrate the new data into their standalone CAM solution? Is it a few minutes? Hours? Days???
Herein lies the problem of independent products that do not communicate with each other seamlessly.
Simply put, they cost ACME a lot of money in lost time and rework.
What is the solution?
The solution is to choose a solution that integrates all aspects of your engineering and manufacturing process together under one easy to use and deploy platform.
I know, you’re thinking “But we can’t afford a solution like that”.
It may shock you to know that you can.
You can choose to use TopSolid.
TopSolid is the only solution in the CAD/CAM market that can offer you a completely integrated PDM-based CAD/CAM environment that is cost effective to own and deploy.
TopSolid is the only solution in the CAD/CAM market that has taken the time to really understand the entire process of engineering through manufacturing and we realize that this process includes more than just CAD and CAM functions.
TopSolid will automatically ensure that any change made by your engineering team is automatically managed and pushed to the correct downstream users.
How do we do this?
Come to booth E3236 during IMTS and see for yourself.
Come learn how TopSolid can help your company decrease mistakes and increase throughput all while maintaining full control of document versioning.
But come prepared. Be prepared to see a new chapter in the CAD/CAM world. Be prepared for a change that will help your company continue to grow.