Today’s modern technology allows fabrication of machine parts through computer-aided means. Even highly-specialized equipment or machines can have a compromised component changed in no time. For those with a concept in mind, as long as the specifications and design are in a CAD-CAM model, essential parts can be manufactured and put together for the prototype.
Design and Manufacturing Technology
Every equipment or machinery works on a set of components that serve specific functions. For computer-aided technology, the process starts with having a software to build the part design. Through the software tool, 2d or 3d digital composites of the part are created based on specifications. More than a visual representation of the component part, the software can be used to define the technical aspects of the design. These include determining the dimension, materials, and processes.
Through design analysis, the individual would be able to find out if the final product would be able to withstand certain production conditions. This allows the individual to tweak the part design through the software until achieving the right specs. After the design has been optimized and finalized, fabrication can start. This involves automated processes such as laser-cutting and precision molding and cutting methods. Manufacturing the part is automated and based on pre-programmed sequences created from the design process.
Benefits of Computer-Aided Manufacturing
A breakdown of one part would require repairs or even a change-out, depending on the damage. Prior to the technology, manufacturers would have to wait for quite some time just to get a specialized part. Now, computer-aided machines or CNC machining technology can develop the part utilizing materials such as metals, from steel to alloys. Parts can also be fabricated from plastic-based materials, including polymers and acrylics.
For entrepreneurs on a budget, the technology offers a cost-effective solution for product development. This is especially helpful for startups working on a limited capital and timeline. Entrepreneurs can visualize their product prototype and tweak their design before actual fabrication.
Aside from the production process efficiency, there are other benefits offered by computer-aided manufacturing. There is minimal wastage of materials used in production since the dimensions have already been defined prior to production. This also means, less energy is wasted in producing the component part.
Many industries benefit from computer-aided design and manufacturing. The technology has been widely used to produce parts for the electronics and manufacturing industry. However, the technology has broader industry applications, to include parts development for the mechanical, industrial, automotive, aeronautical, and even marine sectors.
The technology has also been used for simpler applications. For those needing to repair a favorite mechanical toy, the technology can be used to design and manufacture that missing component. For collectors of vintage motorcycles, missing elements could make or break a collection. Through the technology, the bike can be repaired and on the road again in no time.
Computer-aided design and manufacturing have been an essential element across industries. This mechanism has allowed entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and even ordinary individuals with an innovative idea to actually produce parts and accessories. Whether it is for an existing equipment or a prototype, the turn-around period for manufacturing a part has been reduced through technology.