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How CAD Systems Are Fitting Into the Digital Manufacturing Lifecycle

For professional design teams, the design process doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Designing a new product is only the first step of many interconnected processes: how will the product be built? How will it be shipped? What about marketing? This multi-step process requires constant communication between the different branches of a manufacturing business, all of which need to be constantly updated on the development process, its current progress, and any changes that may have happened during design.

In the past, miscommunications between departments could happen easily, and could lead to mistakes, lost time, and other missteps that could slow production and cost a company valuable money and man hours. But, thanks to the integration of modern CAD drafting and design systems into the product manufacturing lifecycle, keeping all parties in the manufacturing processes connected, up to date, and in the loop has never been easier.

Easy Digital Sharing

In order to compete, manufacturers now need their CAD designs to be “portable,” i.e., sharable with departments outside of the engineering department. Manufacturing companies have been one of the most appreciative beneficiaries of developments in CAD software. The more easily designs can be done digitally, the easier it is for design plans to be shared, modified, and inspected, allowing everyone involved in the manufacturing process to stay current on a design’s progress and provide their input in a timely manner. As CAD platforms become more user-friendly and more integrated with businesses’ internal networks, this process becomes even easier and faster to perform.

21st century businesses have come to rely on mobile technology, cloud-based applications, and other technologies that improve efficiency and allow data to be digitized and shared more easily. Just like with other parts of their business, manufacturers are integrating their CAD platforms with their internal communication and digital workflow tools, allowing their computer-modeled digital designs to easily be viewed, shared, and altered by all relevant parties.

Portable Designs for Increased Efficiency

When any business process becomes more efficient, it becomes less expensive and faster to perform, saving companies money and resources, and allowing them to perform their tasks more easily. Portable CAD designs make product plans available sooner and more efficiently, reducing the cost and time that it takes to manufacture products. This allows them to be brought to market sooner, and often at a cheaper price than for what they would otherwise be available.

The integration of sharable CAD designs into the manufacturing lifecycle isn’t just a benefit to larger, established manufacturers. Because portable CAD designs reduce the time, effort, and resources it takes to establish the manufacturing process, and make the time between design and production, marketing, etc. easier, they also lower the initial bar that must be met to enter the manufacturing industry. Many smaller manufacturers and would-be entrepreneurs who were previously unable to establish themselves using less efficient processes can now more easily design, create, and market their products, creating a new wave of competition and innovation in the world of manufacturing.

To speak with one of our CAD designers about how developments in computer-aided design will help with the creation of your project, please call us today at 800-700-3305.


Hand Gestures: The Future of CAD?

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, CAD drafting has revolutionized the way designers and industries plan and manufacture their products. By taking the labor and time intensive design process and making it completely digital, CAD software has streamlined the development process for architects, engineers, product designers, and amateur creators alike. But the latest revolution in computer aided design may be a radical change in how designers create and interact with the digital designs themselves.

Late last year, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced that he had created a process that allowed him to interact with an 3D design of a rocket part using only body motions and gestures. Musk also announced that he planned to further develop the technology, using manual motion control to make the CAD design process faster and more intuitive.

From Fiction to Reality

When he announced his new hand gesture-controlled CAD program, Musk cited the fictional designer/superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, as his inspiration. Anyone who has seen the movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Stark has seen the fictional technology that inspired Musk’s latest developments, including a digital computer interface that allows Stark to manipulate the designs for his super-powered armor with just his hands. Similar fictional future-tech has appeared in sci-fi movies such as Minority Report. If Musk is successful in his efforts, that kind of motion-controlled design interface will go from becoming speculative fiction to reality.

Other Developments

Musk isn’t the only one working to make hand gestures the de facto way that 3D designs are created and altered. Researchers at Purdue University are busy at work creating a similar program, called Shape-It-Up, which will allow CAD users to create designs with their hands. The head of the project, Professor Karthik Ramani, says that his goal is to make the design process easier to learn and simpler to use, creating an entry level tool for those new to computer aided design and 3D printing. Describing the current CAD process in an interview with Science World as a “non-intuitive and cumbersome process” that requires extensive training, Ramani believes that his team’s hand-motion-controlled program will open up the field of design and manufacturing by removing the barrier between professional and amateur. “[Shake-It-Up] allows people to express their ideas rapidly and quickly using hand motions alone,” says Ramani. “We’re democratizing the design process. You don’t have to be an engineer to use this.”

Like Professor Ramani, Musk speaks of motion-controlled design technology as something that will simplify the design and manufacturing process. “If you can just go in there and do what you need to do . . . as opposed to figuring out how to make a computer make it work,” Musk said in a video that introduced his new technology, “you can achieve a lot more in a lot shorter period of time.” If hand gesture controls really are the future of CAD technology as Musk and Ramani predict, then the next revolution in computer aided design will be one that greatly alters the design process and makes it faster, more adaptable, and easier to learn than ever before.

For more information on developments on CAD and digital design, speak with a member of Q-CAD’s computer design team at 800-700-3305.

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The Ins and Outs of CAD Design

CAD design is a technique that has been used within the architecture industry since the 1990s. However, the use of this intelligent and convenient software has only recently become part of the “norm.” Over the last few years, it has quickly become the go-to solution for creative professionals far and wide. It provides both the architect and the client the opportunity to save plenty of precious time and money, with regard to the design process, in general. This is due to the fact that CAD allows everyone to see what the final product is going to look like in a lot less time than what it would take to build a tangible 3D model by hand.

Who Uses CAD?

CAD has become the norm within the realm of architecture, but it is also used by artists, engineers, product designers, and manufacturers. CAD makes it possible for you to create both 2D and 3D drawings and models. The versatility of the CAD software makes it an excellent tool, which is why it comes as no surprise to learn that it is used by a broad spectrum of people and companies all around the globe.

What Is CAD Used For?

Architects make use of computer aided drafting to provide the client with a general idea of what the final product is going to look like and to keep them in the loop throughout the drafting process. CAD helps to improve the overall quality of communication between the architect and the client.

Due to the fact that the drawings and models can be edited with ease, the client is able to make changes as and when he/she sees fit, until giving the go-ahead for the build to take place. Along with this function, many designers and architects use CAD in order to learn more about optimizing their products or designs and improving their performance.

What Are the Benefits of CAD?

The main benefit of utilizing CAD is the time factor. Obviously, because a lot of the work is computerized, the time that it takes to complete a design project is a lot less than if it were done manually. Also, if the architect has completed a similar project in the past, he or she will be able to re-use the basic structure for the new project, with a few additional changes so that it is not an exact copy. This makes it possible for companies to provide CAD services to clients with faster turn-around times and better results.

Along with this, it also makes it possible for companies to avoid having to re-do their designs a million times until the client is happy. CAD makes it incredibly simple to make changes to the first draft without any hassle or extra cost to the company.

If you are interested in making use of quality CAD services, whether you require 2D or 3D models, it is definitely in your best interest to give us a call! You can contact our team now at (800) 700-3305.

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