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Computer-aided inspection (CAI) is the use of computer-based software tools that assist quality engineers, machinists and inspectors in manufacturing product components. Its primary purpose is to create a faster production process and components with more precise dimensions and material consistency. CAI is a software tool that makes it possible to inspect physical models using computer-aided design (CAD) programs. CAM creates real life versions of components designed within a software package. CAM was first used in 1971 for car body design and tooling.
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