Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computers to enhance the design process for a wide variety of products and applications. It is used in the automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries as well as in industrial and architectural design. CAD is also used in designing medical prosthetic devices and to produce computer animation and special effects in the film industry.
This volume provides a detailed and accessible introduction to many important topics in the field, including:
- Computer-aided engineering
- Electronic design automation
- Computer-aided drafting
- Computer-aided design and manufacturing
- Types of CAD software
- Vector graphics
- Product lifecycle management
This volume will be an important resource for science and technology studies in disciplines ranging from architecture to engineering to manufacturing to automation, among others.