Cad Drawings

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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The technology behind CAD drawings has become indispensable in almost every realm of design. Industrial design, engineering, and architecture are a few of the fields where CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technology is used liberally throughout the design process, from conception to final product. In many cases CAD drawings enable designers to communicate their concepts in clearer ways than was previously possible.

CAD has developed amorphously throughout the last 40 years or so. Many people commonly see the beginning of CAD as the development of MIT's SKETCHPAD system in the early 1960s. With SKETCHPAD, designers were able to input information into the computer graphically for the first time.

Modern CAD Drawings and CAD Technology

Since that time, CAD has blossomed to accept many kinds of input, produce a range of output, and automate many processes such as producing documentation of engineering and mechanical specifications. Since it is a standardized system, architects and engineers can exchange CAD data, organizing collaborative efforts and automating some production processes as well. In many cases, the product designs and materials specifications can be sent from designer to manufacturer directly as CAD drawings and data.

Many companies that produce buildings systems publish materials reports, MSDSs, and CAD files in the aim of simplifying design for builders and architects. For example, some manufacturers of ICFs publish CAD drawings of their products so that builders can meticulously analyze the needs of a project before construction begins. Some companies may also work with CAD to create a digital library of standard building components, so that designers can manipulate the data directly and incorporate it into their drawings.

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