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Important Considerations to Look for in a CAD System
Before engineers can create their prototypes in hard copies, they need to design them in soft copy using a software known as CAD. The CAD software is a short form of Computer Aided Design. As can be deciphered from the name, there is a need for the engineer to use a physical computer in order for them to come up with their prototypes. Computer aided design software are varied in nature but the choice of which to use is something that requires one to take into consideration a number of key aspects as we shall see in our brief discussion.
Of great importance, is the ability of the CAD system to support the generation of 3d models for the engineer. In many cases, 3d models are preferred in Computer Aided Systems since they offer designs that are closer to their real-world counterparts unlike is the case when only 2d or 1d outputs are generated.
The implication of having a thoroughly detailed design in 3d is that the execution of the idea will be easier for the engineer since all the details needed will be available and therefore the prototyping work will only involve transferring the idea from soft copy to hard copy. Object details are also clearer in a 3d design than is the case for plain objects and 2d designs.
The other crucial aspect that you will need to see in a CAD software is whether it has support for downloading of the designed concepts. If you are using an online platform to design your concepts, it is absolutely necessary to have a feature for downloading your work so that you can later refer to your work without having to visit the internet again. The feature of allowing the user to download their designs makes it possible for users to export their work to even other environments which they may use to further edit their work. It therefore goes without saying that any CAD software that doesn’t have support for this feature should be preferred to the one that has it.
You also should never ignore the aspect of the number of formats you can have your outputs in when designing using a CAD software. One could have designed their models in one system and then they could be interested in editing those models in a different system. This can only be done in a case where the first software has formats that are compatible with the second system. This flexibility is necessary since it makes it possible for the engineer to preserve the details of their concepts notwithstanding which systems they choose to use in the future.