Axes in CNC Machines

Understanding the Axes in CNC Machines: A Comprehensive Guide

Axes in CNC Machines

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines come in different sizes, configurations, and technologies. Nonetheless, what these machines have in common is their use of axes, although the CNC machine axis count still varies from two to five. These axes typically include the…

CNC Machine Safety

CNC Machine Safety: Preventing Accidents in the Workplace

CNC Machine Safety

Machines, along with CAM software, play a central role in automating vast swathes of the manufacturing industry. Despite this benefit, these machines present an element of risk and danger. CNC machines, for example, move at lightning-fast speeds – sometimes rotating at…

Rapid prototyping

Rapid Prototyping: From Concept to Physical Product

Rapid prototyping

The significance of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software in creating, verifying, and validating designs cannot be downplayed. Nevertheless, the utility of a tangible, solid model remains invaluable. In fact, tangible models help bridge the information gap by communicating…

Micro Machining

Micro-Machining: A New Era of Precision Manufacturing

Micro Machining

The manufacturing industry is pursuing miniaturization, driven by the demand for high-accuracy miniaturized products that comprise tiny features or normal-sized products with tiny features. This demand is not sector-specific, as it is found in the automotive, biomedical, aerospace, electronics, and communication…

CAM explained

What is CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)?

CAM explained

Manufacturers have continually evolved their practices seeking enhanced efficiency, speed, precision, quality, and cost reduction. Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) has emerged thus, along with other useful technologies. CAM, in particular, is increasingly utilized in automating many manufacturing processes and operations as the…

Open source CAD software

The Best Open-Source CAD Software

Open source CAD software

In the software development world, there exists a notion that applications can always be improved, especially if this role is shared among multiple parties. This principle underlies the ‘open source’ concept, which has seen the rollout of numerous applications. Open source…

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How to Batch Plot Drawings in AutoCAD

AutoCAD simplifies workflows for professionals across various careers by enabling them to batch plot drawings. Batch plotting refers to the process of simultaneously printing or converting to multiple drawings or sheets of a drawing project to PDF in a single operation….

Neutral 3D CAD File Formats

The Best Neutral 3D CAD File Formats

Neutral 3D CAD File Formats

Product development, the process of taking a product from the idea or concept stage through market release, involves collaboration among teams. While a collaborative approach does govern virtually all steps of the process, it is perhaps more clearly seen during the…

AI in CAD

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the CAD Industry

AI in CAD

While artificial intelligence, or AI, has only become mainstream thanks to the exploits of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, DALL-E, and more, has always existed. For instance, it is responsible for finding answers when you ask a smart assistant such as…

Parametric Modeling

The 5 Best Parametric Modeling Software Products of 2024

Parametric Modeling

Parametric modeling software products are not new in computer-aided design (CAD). Introduced in 1988 with the launch of PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER (since renamed PTC Creo), parametric modeling is still relevant and predominant in 2024, more than three decades later. From a practical…

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How to Improve Slow AutoCAD Performance

AutoCAD logo moving fast

AutoCAD can sometimes post slow performance punctuated by frustratingly sluggish response times. Typically, slow AutoCAD software is the result of hardware and system, network, or file issues. While it will not display error messages or alerts that notify you whenever the…