CAD - Computer Aided Drafting

  • CAD - Computer Aided Drafting

    CAD is easy and complex at the same time. There are many types of software available; much of it can be found for free.

    We use a sophisticated version in the Innovation Lab called Inventor (by Autodesk). It is powerful once you learn it and students can download free versions at home. We have Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015 in our HS Innovation Lab. Excellent Youtube Tutorials are available if you search correctly. FREE student versions can be downloaded at home!

    Another, simpler, CAD software is Tinkercad. Check it out. Create an account. Ask me for help.  You can create a free account that can be accessed from home or school.

    Google Sketchup is on all our PC's and is pretty simple too. You can find tutorials on our district homepage under Atomic Learning (username: aldenstudents, password: bulldogs)


    A nice Wikipedia definition of CAD is below:

    Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.[1]CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.[2] CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations.

    Computer-aided design is used in many fields. Its use in designing electronic systems is known as electronic design automation, or EDA. In mechanical design it is known as mechanical design automation (MDA) or computer-aided drafting (CAD), which includes the process of creating a technical drawing with the use of computer software.[3]

    CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector-based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. However, it involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting oftechnical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

    CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space; or curves, surfaces, and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space.[4]

    CAD is an important industrial art extensively used in many applications, including automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries, industrial and architectural design, prosthetics, and many more. CAD is also widely used to produce computer animation for special effects in movies, advertising and technical manuals, often called DCC digital content creation. The modern ubiquity and power of computers means that even perfume bottles and shampoo dispensers are designed using techniques unheard of by engineers of the 1960s. Because of its enormous economic importance, CAD has been a major driving force for research in computational geometrycomputer graphics (both hardware and software), and discrete differential geometry.[5]


    A Sample "Getting Started" YouTube Tutorial for Autodesk Inventor Pro 2015

    Now GO TRY and DESIGN Something!!