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In order to automate a manufacturing process, CAM software works alongside machinery which takes input from a computer. The first step when looking for a computer is to check the minimum system requirements for your chosen software. Each system requirement will specify a compatible operating system, processor type, graphic card and the minimum amount of RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications are significantly above the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer runs effectively. CAM software isn’t a very graphics intensive software, but we still recommend going with a dedicated graphics card in the mid-range level. On top of running your other software, CAM design software itself is also utilizes a lot of RAM especially for calculating toolpaths. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with very complex projects or use multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Most CAM software uses multi-threaded processes. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh both on the CPU Clock speed and the core count. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish. Many computers for CAM tend to get dirty very easily based on the location and environment the computer is placed in. We recommend placing your computer in an area where you can minimize debris from entering any ventilation areas on the computer. Performing a regular cleaning of your computer will ensure it runs at optimal performance and prevents overheating and damage to the components.

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