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Sunil Desai, Founder Director, Designcell CAD CAM Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

13 Sep 2023  

Sunil Desai, Founder Director, Designcell CAD CAM Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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“The expanding manufacturing sector, coupled with the shift towards advanced manufacturing technologies, presents significant opportunities for growth. Initiatives focused on skill development and training, along with considerations of cost and accessibility, further contribute to the adoption of CAD/CAM software,” says Sunil Desai, Founder Director, Designcell CAD CAM Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

By Nishant Kashyap

 

In recent years, there have been significant advancements in CAD/CAM technology. What are some of the latest technological innovations in CAM software that have caught the attention of the industry?
The need for digital solutions is growing significantly with the increasing demand for efficiency and productivity. In fact, CAM software is undergoing substantial changes and is assisting manufacturers in effectively utilising resources.
The manufacturing industry is rapidly embracing digitalization, which requires seamless integration of all tasks from order to dispatch. And, CAM serves as a crucial link in the digital chain. Integration is key, as all processes – from costing to delivery – must be in sync. CAM plays a vital role in achieving this.
There have been advancements in CAM software over the years. Let’s take a look at some of them:

  • Cloud-Based CAM: Cloud computing has been making its way into various industries, including CAM. Cloud-based CAM software allows users to access their manufacturing tools and data from anywhere. All they need is an internet connection.
  • AI-driven CAM: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been increasingly integrated into CAM software to optimise manufacturing processes. AI algorithms can analyse large amounts of data, such as tooling parameters, machine performance, and cutting strategies, to provide automated recommendations and optimise toolpaths for faster and more efficient machining.
  • Generative Design: In CAM software, generative design can create optimised toolpaths automatically, exploring various possibilities to achieve the desired outcome. It helps reduce material waste, weight, and production time while maintaining structural integrity.
  • Integration with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Integration between CAM software and MES enables seamless communication between design, production planning, and shop floor execution.

In the coming days, CAD/ CAM software will be influenced by various emerging trends and technologies. These include integrated digital factories, readiness for Industry 4.0, generative design, augmented reality/virtual reality, IoT integration, advanced simulation capabilities, and a continued focus on user experience and accessibility. These advancements will drive increased efficiency, innovation, and optimisation in the design and manufacturing processes.

 

In the future of CAM software, what role will Cloud, AI, and Machine Learning play?
Cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) are expected to play significant roles in the future of CAM software. Cloud-based CAM will allow manufacturers to access software and data from anywhere, facilitating collaboration and remote work. Currently, it offers scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness by reducing the need for extensive on-premises hardware.

AI-driven CAM has the potential to automate various aspects of manufacturing. It can also aid in automated decision-making, adaptive machining, and predictive maintenance. Generative design, powered by AI, can create optimised toolpaths and manufacturing strategies, minimising waste and improving production efficiency.

ML algorithms can analyse vast amounts of machining data, optimising toolpaths, reducing cycle times, and improving efficiency. The future of CAM software will likely see the integration of cloud computing, AI, and ML technologies. This integration promises improved productivity, cost reduction, enhanced product quality, and more efficient resource utilisation in the manufacturing industry.

 

How do you perceive the growth and adoption of CAD/CAM software in the Indian market? What unique opportunities or challenges do you foresee in this region?
Companies that fail to embrace digitalization may face the risk of being left behind. In a rapidly growing market like India, the momentum of CAD/CAM PDM adoption is only natural. The expanding manufacturing sector, coupled with the shift towards advanced manufacturing technologies, presents significant opportunities for growth. Initiatives focused on skill development and training, along with considerations of cost and accessibility, further contribute to the adoption of CAD/CAM software.

The integration of CAD/ CAM software with Industry 4.0 technologies is a key driver for its widespread adoption. As the industry progresses towards interconnected systems, automation, and data-driven decision-making, CAD/CAM software becomes essential for enhancing productivity and efficiency.

However, challenges related to skill development, cost, and accessibility need to be addressed to unlock the full potential of CAD/ CAM software in India. Efforts aimed at improving skill development programs, reducing costs, and enhancing accessibility through training initiatives, government support, and partnerships are crucial for driving widespread adoption and fostering the growth of the CAD/CAM industry in India.

 

The CAD/CAM software industry has become more competitive. What unique value propositions or strategies does your company employ to maintain a competitive edge?
India is actively seeking high-end manufacturing solutions with a proven track record in advanced countries that are easy to learn and adapt to Indian conditions. These solutions should enable seamless workflow, facilitate extensive travelling, support online collaboration, provide monitoring and simulation capabilities for shop floor activities, and ultimately foster a paperless environment. Additionally, the ability to dynamically analyze both current and future situations is desired. This is where TopSolid comes into the picture. It offers a comprehensive range of digital manufacturing solutions that cover the entire process – from the order stage to delivery. Whether it’s precision machining of plastic or metal components, manufacturing applications, or even infrastructure- related activities, TopSolid provides a complete solution.

Earlier this year, TopSolid announced the release of TopSolid Integrated Digital Factory 2023, which includes numerous new features. One of the notable enhancements is the strengthened 3D element achieved through partnerships with 3Dconnexion and Adobe Substance 3D. TopSolid’Design now supports the latest generations of SpaceMouse®, providing users with exceptional 3D navigation capabilities that offer ergonomic design, advanced technology, and precise control of tools.

 

What is your overall outlook for the CAD/CAM software industry? Are there any specific areas or markets that you believe will witness substantial growth in the coming years?
India finds itself in a stable position within the global scenario. It enjoys a favourable environment for technological advancements and industrial growth with a focus on manufacturing. The geopolitical ecosystem in India is nurturing the ‘Make in India’ initiative. There is a growing need for tooling, precision manufacturing, Special Purpose Machinery (SPM), Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), as well as aerospace & defence-related manufacturing activities.

The CAD/CAM software industry is experiencing steady growth worldwide and is expected to continue expanding in the years to come. It plays a vital role in various sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, architecture, and automotive design. Several factors contribute to its positive outlook, such as technological advancements, the digitization of industries, the increasing complexity of products, and the overall growth of the global manufacturing sector.

The rising adoption of 3D printing presents significant growth opportunities for the CAD/CAM software industry. Additionally, the emergence of cloud-based CAD/CAM solutions and the development of industry-specific software tailored to sectors like automotive and aerospace further contribute to the industry’s potential. And, the integration of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies with CAD/CAM software shows promise in revolutionizing design and manufacturing processes, enabling more immersive experiences and enhanced visualization.

 

This interview was first published on TAGMA Times Newsletter

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