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#Trending_CAD -- 3D Modeling and 2D Drafting

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 03:27 PM

#Trending_CAD – 3D Modeling and 2D Drafting

3D CAD Modeling and Simulation have changed architecture, engineering and design in ways that were unheard of even ten years ago, making such events as the rescue of the Chilean miners in 2010 possible; and bringing sustainability into construction.   So where does this leave 2D Drafting?  Has it become the orphan child that’s no longer used or needed?

According to Business Advantage, 3D modeling is a core growth area, with usage is expected to grow to 81% over the next several years.  Usage is particularly high in manufacturing, government and education, while lower in the slow-to-adapt construction market.  Despite this growth, 2D Drafting is a core and stable CAD activity, with similar levels of current usage across industry sectors.  Usage will grow as economies expand, but the growth will be slower than the growth of 3D CAD.

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Topics: 3D Modeling, 2D Design, CAD Drafting

CAD Drafting – Changes in 2D and 3D Design

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

CAD Drafting – Changes in 2D and 3D Design

CAD, or computer aided design has been around since the 1980’s. 

The early versions of CAD were all 2D CAD.  These programs become popular quickly because of their affordability and their ability to run on personal computers.  More importantly CAD programs enabled engineers to do their own drafting work as part of the design process.  This elimination of drafting personnel was a first step in reducing design overhead, in both  financial cost and time cost.

Today’s CAD software packages may focus on the traditional 2D drafting systems (vector drafting) or they may be 3D design systems which deal in solid and surface models.  Some modern CAD packages even allow rotations in three dimensions, allowing viewing of a designed object from any angle.  Some modern CAD software is capable of dynamic mathematical modeling, in which case it may be marketed as CADD , which stands for computer-aided design and drafting.

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Topics: 2D to 3D CAD, 2D Design, 3D Design, CAD Drafting

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