pros and cons of CAM

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  • Created on: 20-05-13 18:38
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  • CAM - The making of textiles products where the machine is controlled by the computer
    • advantages
      • reduces time required to make product
      • very accurate
        • all products made to same specification
      • decreases cost of manufacture as not so many workers have to be paid
      • less  waste as no mistakes therefore decreases cost
      • reduces repetitive work
      • can work 24/7
    • disadvantages
      • very expensive to buy machines
      • very expensive to buy software that control machines
      • if machine breaks it will probably need specialist parts to repair it
        • and will take a long time to repair when it's not manufacturing products
    • processes carried out by CAM
      • SPREADING AND CUTTING OUT OF FABRIC
        • CUTS MANY LAYERS OF THE FABRIC AT ONE TIME
      • EMROIDERY MACHINE
        • EMBROIDERS MANY PRODUCTS AT ONCE
          • IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY
  • CAD
    • Any designing done using or with the help of a computer
    • before cad colourways changing size motifs etc was done by hand drawing or painting each change
      • it was a very slow and costly process
    • allows designs to be completed very quickly and changed almost instantly
    • advantages
      • quick change of colours of design
      • quick to change scale of motif on design
      • quick to change design detail e,g, length
      • design can be mapped onto a figure so you can see all around it and how the fabric would drape if the pattern repates
      • repeat patterns can be completed quickly
      • reduces the amount of remetitive work of  designers
      • saves time for designer, reducing money
      • designs can be used and saved again
      • designs can be sent to buyer for instant approval
      • can be linked to machinery to create a can cam machine which designs the makes a product
    • disadvantages
      • specialist CAD software is expensive to buy
      • designeers have to be trained to use the software

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