Computer Aided Design
CAD Software > Computer Aided Design
Complicated architectural renderings and engineering drawings used to be
drawn by hand, using a combination of complex mathematical formulas,
drawing implements, and graphs. However, today's technology —
specifically computers — have changed the way that architects and
engineers are doing business. Not only do computers save these
technical professionals an enormous amount of time, they have also
completely changed the way that structures, products, and systems are
Regardless of whether the firm is small or large, just about every designer and drafter has access to the design hardware and software that were used only by the largest, most prestigious firms just 30 years ago. As a matter of fact, today it is unthinkable for an architect or engineer to use anything but computer-aided design, commonly called CAD, if they expect to compete in their professional fields.
While original computer-aided design programs were incredibly complex and required hours of learning to master, today's programs are fairly easy to use right "out of the box." Many of these programs were written by programmers who were once architects or designers, and they don't require fancy customization or additional programming in order to use them effectively.
Computer-aided design programs enable their users to draw anything that can be drawn by hand — lines, curves, circles, and three-dimensional shapes. In addition, computer-aided design programs allow designers and drafters to create things that aren't possible by hand. These programs not only allow for drawing, drafting, and modeling, but also allow information to be managed. Not only does CAD allow a designer to draft and draw, it can also come up with lists of building materials, construction specifications, and cost data depending upon the renderings.
CAD programs offer many features to designers and drafters, including the following concepts:
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