Glossary

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Term Definition
CAD

Computer Aided Design. Software to design parts. Examples are AutoCAD, Solidworks, SolidEdge etc.

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CAM

Computer Aided Manufacturing. Software that takes a CAD file and create NC code to manufacture the part on a CNC controlled machine such as a Mill, Router, Laser, Punch etc.

Customer Asset Management.

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CNC

Computer Numeric Control. Refers to the computer integrated into a machine (such as a mill, router, laser etc) to receive and process instructions.

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