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-==== CAM ====+==== CAD and CAM ====
  
-(computer aided manufacturing) - In short, ​CAM is the program ​that you will use to turn CAD (computer aided drawing / drafting) into G-Code. Before CAM existed, machine operators would program G-Code by writing it out which was hugely labor intensive and often rather limiting. The programs that that are developed through the CAM process today are roughly 100x longer and 10x more complex than they were 20 years ago when CAM programs first became popular in heavy manufacturing. Traditionally CAM programs are very expensive; however the price keeps dropping every year.+CAD (computer aided design / drawing / drafting) and CAM(computer aided manufacturing ​/ machining) - In short, ​CAD is 2 or 3 dimensional modeling software, such as fusion 360, blender, Soldworks Inventor autocad or even adobe illustrator. ​ These programs allow for one to model out a part or assembly of parts that they would like to make.  Its extremely helpful for predicting how parts will work together in real life or even simply ​to dream up parts and then generate plans for those parts in a savable sharable digital format. ​ After modeling in CAM you would then turn to a CAM program such as Vcarve, laserworks, HSM, or even Epilogs printer drivers ​(arguably the easiest version of CAM).  You would then use CAM to turn CAD into G-Code. 
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 +Before CAM existed, machine operators would program G-Code by writing it out which was hugely labor intensive and often rather limiting. The programs that that are developed through the CAM process today are roughly 100x longer and 10x more complex than they were 20 years ago when CAM programs first became popular in heavy manufacturing. Traditionally CAM programs are very expensive; however the price keeps dropping every year.
  
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