Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the combination of computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical control used in the manufacturing of workpieces. Its primary purpose is to create a faster production process and components and tooling with more precise dimensions and material consistency, which in some cases, uses only the required amount of raw material (thus minimizing waste), while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. Students learn to create CAD models, generate toolpaths in CAM software, and then communicate their code with a CNC machine. Manual milling and turning are also highly emphasized in the course. Students who complete the curriculum will be highly proficient in manual and CNC machining.
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