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CAD/CAM SELECTION FOR SMALL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES By Tim Mercer

A Research Paper Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Management Technology

Approved for Completion of 3 Semester Credits INMGT 735

Research Advisor

The Graduate College University of Wisconsin May 2000

The Graduate School University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751

Abstract

Mercer

Timothy

B.

CAD/CAM Selection for Small Manufacturing Companies Master of Science in Management Technology Linards Stradins 2/2000 71 pages

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

In today's fast paced world, CAD/CAM systems have become an essential element in manufacturing companies throughout the world. Technology and communication are changing rapidly, driving business methods for organizations and requiring capitalization in order to maintain competitiveness. Knowledge prior to investing into a system is crucial in order to maximize the benefits received from changing CAD/CAM systems.

The purpose of this study is to create a methodology to aid small manufacturing companies in selecting a CAD/CAM system. The objectives are to collect data on CAD/CAM systems that are available in the market today, identify important criteria in system selection, and identify company evaluation parameters.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Dr. Rich Rothaupt for introducing me to CAM, survey help, and providing guidance with CAD/CAM applications. Thanks to Dr. Martha Wilson for early revisions, survey help and overall guidance. Thanks to my good friend and soon to be Dr. Linards Stradins for his patience, leadership, and wisdom. His invaluable knowledge and dedication as my advisor has helped me both personally and academically. Thanks to my family and friends who have been so supportive and helpful while I have finished my studies here at Stout. Finally, thank you to my dedicated wife who has helped me more than words can say.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1............................................................................................................................. Introduction ..................................................................................................................... Background of the Problem : ............................................................................................

1

Statem ent of Problem : ..................................................................................................... 2 Objectives of the Study: .................................................................................................. 2 Purpose: ........................................................................................................................... Limitations: ...................................................................................................................... Definitions:...................................................................................................................... Chapter 2.............................................................................................................................9 Literature Review ............................................................................................................ 9 Introduction ......................................... .............................. 9 10 3 4 5

H istory...........................................................................................................................

Benefits of using CAD/CAM ........................................................................................ 10 Solid M odeling .............................................................................................................. 12

Surface M odeling .......................................................................................................... 13 CA M...
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