Computer Aided Manufacturing
CAM software is something we use to actually drive the manufacturing process of creating your desired part. This software takes your files from SOLIDWORKS and turns them into sheet metal parts; applying the correct shrinkages and creating the appropriate programmes needed to profile and press them into shape through the use of CNC machines.
Here at Yorkshire Laser we also use software and equipment provided by two of the market’s major players – Bystronic (Swiss) and Amada (Japanese). There is also Bysoft, Bybend, AP100, Product Designer, Dr Abe Blank and Dr Abe Bend to name just some of the packages that are utilised in the production of customers parts.
The benefits of comprehensive computer-aided manufacturing systems
The emergence of cam systems working alongside computer-aided design has often been referred to as the third industrial revolution due to the increased levels of production and accuracy it creates in the manufacturing process. Other benefits of computer-aided manufacturing include:
- Direct link from unfolding to blank to punch or laser decreases programming time
- Computer numerical control s used to calculate unfold size
- Getting it right the first time reduces unnecessary cost
- Manufacturer-specific software means all machine features can be utilised
- Parts checked for range and manufacturing-fit before any material is cut or punched
- When a CAM system is used in conjunction with a CNC machine, the ‘art to part’ can be realised, dramatically reducing cost and lead times
Yorkshire Laser’s computer-aided manufacturing software
Finally, Yorkshire Laser also makes use of a comprehensive MRP (Material Requirements Planning) software package. This computer software is used to control everything from estimates and quotes, all the way through the machining process, from material stocks, delivery notes and invoices. A large amount of time and effort has been spent refining the efficiency of Yorkshire Laser’s computer models so that we can now accurately quote a lead time at the point of order.
We then stick to this date with well over 90% accuracy – a statistic that proves the production process products will provide you with the results just when you need them most! Our CAD/CAM design development service is reliable, pioneering, creative, cost-effective and tailored to provide a personal service.
Don’t take our word for it, read what one of our satisfied customers has to say:
“Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication have helped my business with non-stop co-operation from prototype to production.” – Marcus Sheehan (managing director of a gaming equipment company).