Chapter 2Computer Technology

2.1 Introduction

The central and essential ingredient of CAD/CAM is the digital computer. Its inherent speed and storage capacity have made it possible to achieve the advances in image processing, real-time process control, and a multitude of other important functions that are simply too complex and time consuming to perform manually. To understand CAD/CAM, it is important to be familiar with the concepts and technology of the digital computer. In this first part of the book, we focus on computers as a foundation for computer-aided design and manufacturing.

The modern digital computer is an electronic machine that can perform mathematical and logical calculations and data processing functions in accordance with ...

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