As manufacturing is one of the major growth opportunities for Autodesk, during the recent Autodesk University 2013 conference the vendor unveiled Autodesk CAM 360 , the industry’s first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), based on the 2012 acquisition of HSMWorks Apps. By leveraging the cloud, CAM 360 allows users to take advantage of collaboration tools and shared data storage, and provides users with ease of use and flexibility.
Next Frontier? Siemens Tecnomatix and Dassault Systemes DELMIA are the digital manufacturing software category leaders. With these solutions the final object is a finished product, meaning the focus is on how to plan and simulate the assembly, robotics, ergonomics, etc. CAM, which basically is about subtractive manufacturing (by removing material, as opposed to additive manufacturing or 3D printing) can also be seen as a part of digital manufacturing. More precisely though, CAM is about digital part