Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is utilised across the design, manufacturing and construction industries, and is an invaluable tool when creating detailed visualisations. In this article, we’ll outline what CAD is, who uses it and how Restoric Design can help your business.
What is computer aided design?
CAD is a tool utilised during the design process to create digital 2D and 3D visualisations of a product or project. Developed in the 1960s, computer-aided design services have since become widely used by a variety of industry professionals.
CAD can be used to analyse and modify designs, taking into account dimensions, as well as how different materials interact with one another. CAD services enable a product or project to be optimised before work commences, saving time and money during stages of construction and manufacture.
Who uses computer aided design?
CAD has a multitude of uses, with the software being used across a range of industries. Some professions that may use CAD services include:
Steel fabricators may use CAD to create detailed fabrication drawings prior to beginning a project. The drawings and plans of structural engineers and architects will become the basis of a detailed 3D steel model wherein fabricators can see all dimensions and design elements. From this, fabricators are then able to create precision steel structures for construction projects and more.
Architects & construction services
When it comes to designing and constructing buildings, CAD provides architects, builders, electricians, plumbers and more with detailed 2D and 3D models. This may take the form of a red-line markup, 2D model or Building Information Model (BIM). Multiple teams across the construction process will examine and modify the model to ensure all aspects of the building function effectively before construction commences.
Automobile design & manufacturing
CAD is used within the automobile industry to design, visualise and manufacture vehicles and vehicle parts. It helps professionals within the industry to design precise and optimised automobiles that both look great and run smoothly. CAD can be used to model everything from sports cars to tractors and has revolutionised industry processes since its conception.
Marketing teams rely on high-quality CAD images to create attractive visuals that attract both investors and consumers. Typically used in B2B marketing, CAD can feature colour rendering, animation and photo-realistic imagery and can be used for in-situ, section and exploded models. The high-quality CAD imagery can then be used on both print and digital marketing materials and is invaluable in the early stages of product marketing and development.
Plant engineers and manufacturers
Those working within the planet industry will find CAD useful when designing machinery, outlining industrial processes and undertaking engineering work. Computer-aided design enables engineers to understand how components interact, resulting in a more cost-effective and efficient manufacturing process. Plant engineers also utilise CAD to create machinery that meets the needs of their clients, with reverse engineering assisting in the repair and upgrade of existing machines.
Multi-disciplinary CAD services from Restoric Design
At Restoric Design, we specialise in multi-disciplinary CAD services for various industries and applications. Our professional technicians are experienced in creating 2D and 3D CAD models, using the latest in computer aided design technology. We are available to produce a range of computer aided imagery, including architectural drawings, steel detailing and MEP drawings. To find out more about how Restoric Design can help your business, get in touch today.