CAM/CAD Design Rules and Guidelines
The best design is worthless if you can’t manufacture it. To be confident regarding manufacturability, it’s important to know manufacturing’s capabilities and limitations. There are organizations that work day and night to create guidelines and standards to make designs optimum for manufacturing.
These guidelines/standards will continue to change as capabilities, technologies, and processes improve and as product and manufacturing strategies evolve. CAM/CAD design guidelines incorporate all three major areas denoted by well-known terms: design for manufacturing, design for assembly, and design for testing. This article discusses basic CAM/CAD design guidelines used in today’s industry.