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CAD;

Computer Aided Design.
Using a computer in the design stages of a product.
To construct research, documents, charts and designs.

For example;
Internet used for research.
Word for questionnaire.
Excel to chart up data.
Prosketch to design.

Advantages;
Quicker,
Less waste,
No artistic skill needed,
Scaled work drawing,
and electronically saved. 

Disadvantages;
Training to use programmes,
If the computer fails, the work is lost. 

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CAM;

Computer Aided Manufacturer.
Using a machine in the manufacturing stages of a product.
To cut, sew and stich pieces together ect.

For example;
Embroidery machine used for decoration,
Fabric printer for patterns,
CA weaving for constructing,
Sewing machine to stitch pieces together.

Advantages;
Make large quantities,
Less human error,
Less breaks (for employees),
Change thread easily.

Disadvantages;
Software expires,
Powercut causes everything to slow down,
Training workers to use machinery,
Expensive to set up. 

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CIM;

Computer Integrated Manufacturer.
Using a system to control all individual machines.

Advantages;
System monitors the progress,
Machines are controlled to do a certain job,
Less human error,
Less employees to pay. 

Disadvantages;
Software expires,
If the system fails then so do the machines,
Less production = Less sale,
Time consuming to set it all back up. 

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