Design Reports

Written by Adam Blau
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The overall quality of a computer-aided design (CAD) application is often determined in part by the clarity and diversity of the reports it can produce. It is one thing to be able to design and draft a quality product in the software environment. It is quite another thing, though, to be able to produce clear, customized, usable reports for real-world integration.

Assessments and reports on various factors of an engineering project are necessary at many steps along the production chain. In the early stages of design, it will likely be necessary to develop a components list, detailing the various parts that will be used in the project. Later on, the project will probably require a hard copy of a 2D draft or 3D solid model--reports in and of themselves.

Elements-testing procedures will frequently be necessary for engineering projects as well. Nowadays, computers can accurately subject a project to various simulated environmental conditions like stress fatigue and temperature reaction. Flexible, comprehensive reports can detail the findings of these testing procedures in a clear and understandable way.

Differences in Design Reports

Not all engineering software platforms produce design reports in the same way. When purchasing a CAD application, be sure that it can offer you the range of reporting you need. Check to see that the reports are customizable to the extent necessary for your projects, and that they can be output in the format or formats you may need.

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