It’s unlikely that new designs can be assembled with all off the shelf parts. Those that can’t be purchased, will have to be fabricated, machined, or otherwise made custom, to order. That's where some engineers start scratching their heads. How do you go from design, to production? There’s no shortage of methods to produce something, but at the core of any modern process is CNC -- computer numerical control. To communicate the design to the CNC, there’s a high likelihood that CAM software is used. CAM, or computer aided manufacturing, makes the toolpaths that cut the stock.

In the same way you wouldn’t expect the architect to swing a hammer, or plumb a toilet, there’s usually a handoff from one skillset to another. And while the house construction is the common end goal, the as-designed is not the same as the as-built. The same goes for mechanical designs. Even the best engineers might omit important design-for-manufacturability considerations. This is why it’s important to get the same design tool, with the same history, in front of the CNC programmer. With that seamless handoff, changes can be made with ease, and CAM rework can be minimized. That's why you’ll find a wide array of CAM offerings in the Onshape app store.

Click here to learn what the Onshape app store has to offer, when it comes to CAM.

Partner Spotlight - Kiri:Moto

Kiri:Moto is a fully integrated  tool-path generator for CAM3D Printing, and Laser cutting.

CAM mode provides 2.5-axis tool path generation for facing, roughing, profiling and finishing. Fine controls allows users to optimize tool use and tool paths, and a preview lets you simulate tool paths. 

3D printing mode provides model slicing and Gcode output using built-in and customizable profiles for many types of 3D printers. A high degree of control over slicing parameters coupled with a powerful print preview capability ensures that you get the most out of your 3D printer.

Laser mode will intelligently slice a 3D model and layout the cross sections for export to DXF or SVG.