Computer-Aided Design Direct to Manufacture
Original Publication Date: 1985-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
This article describes how errors in translation and interpretation of design data are eliminated by linking CADAM* design to photo plot generation and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines for the manufacture of flexible or rigid printed circuits. The old method of manufacturing involved programmers hand digitizing to produce a single master artwork. At the same time, but independently, draughtsmen interpreted product drawings into manufacturing tooling drawings which were then translated by programmers to suit CNC machine tools.