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computer-aided design (CAD)

the use of COMPUTERS in the DESIGN of new components or products and in the re-design of existing products. Unlike hand drawings, CAD design specifications can be shown on a visual display unit and redrawn to produce different versions of the components or product. CAD can also be linked to computer-aided process planning (CAPP) to determine the best methods by which to manufacture a product. Moreover, a component or product can be subjected to various tests of strength, performance, etc. using computer-aided engineering (CAE) software without having to build prototypes; thus changes in product design can be made quickly and cheaply (see NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT). CAD is particularly useful in designing and classifying components and products used in GROUP TECHNOLOGY production and in FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS. See COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING.

computer-aided design (CAD)

The use of computer software to assist in performing standard architectural and engineering design services. Products range from the most basic shareware home design and landscaping software to sophisticated systems with three-dimensional flyover and walk-through capabilities,project budgeting,and timeline creation.

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Similarly, Computer-aided Drafting (CAD) has been noted as a class that prepares students with the computer skills needed to be successful in modern business and industry.
"DX capability is for somebody who might be doing quite a bit of object-oriented type software, like computer-aided drafting or massive spreadsheets," he explains.
The evolution of geoprocessing spans almost three decades, dating back to computer-aided drafting (CAD) in the 1960s and automated mapping in the 1970s.
Michael Ward, coordinator for computer-aided drafting and design.
Mr Sin said the department will provide more training courses this year for vocational skills that are in high demand, such as taxi driving, metalwork and welding, computer-aided drafting, multimedia production and programming, to help facilitate prisoners' smooth reintegration into society upon their release.
“I was particularly impressed this year with the way the art instructor included computer-aided drafting into the designs.
Thanks to Perkins funding, Jones is currently enrolled full time at the university pursuing two more degrees--an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer-aided drafting and design, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
For example, drafting programs embraced computers to become computer-aided drafting programs and joined manufacturing programs to become part of computer-integrated-manufacturing, using software that converts the designs for direct input to milling machines.
The firm has 43 computer-aided drafting stations and was the first firm in Arkansas to use the equipment, Parks says.
Using computer-aided drafting, detailed drawings can be produced in a few weeks.
Through the combination of computer-aided drafting, computer-aided engineering and GIS analysis functionality, the DOT now has three systems in one.
The Postal Service has implemented a uniform CAD (computer-aided drafting and design) program for new facilities known as the "kit of parts" program.

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