(PRWEB) December 20, 2013
Computer Aided Design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD are more common in everyday life than most people realize. Whether observing skyscrapers, bridges, vehicles, or even a house lamp, CAD was almost certainly involved in the object’s production. One of the most common (and earliest) uses of CAD software is manufacturing. This week, a Woodinville, Washington based sheet metal fabrication company known as Cutting Edge Laser Manufacturing released an infographic detailing the history and development of CAD software. The infographic is a follow up to an older blog article that discusses major CAD developments. This blog article can be read here.
CAD began in the 1950’s, when the US Air Force began developing graphical systems to simulate ground environments. In the early 1960’s, Sketchpad was developed by an MIT PhD student named Ivan Sutherland. Although it was not 3-dimensional at this time, Cambridge would build on these concepts and develop 3D CAD just five years later. The largest producers of CAD software like Dassault Systemmes (SolidWorks) and Autodesk (AutoCAD) would not be founded until 1981 and 1982. Other products would revolutionize the industry and bring tools to the consumer world.
The article concludes with a brief section on the future of CAD, which Cutting Edge Laser believes will involve a more life-like design experience. Instead of working with 3D objects in a 2D environment, the article says CAD is moving towards a 3D (possibly holographic) design environment. Such systems are already being built today, and will continue to revolutionize the design and manufacturing industries.
About Cutting Edge Laser
CEL Manufacturing has been serving the needs of Washington in the area of metal fabrication, since 1995. CEL has made it a point to keep up with all the newest technologies in order to better serve their customers with the best and most cost effective service possible. Over the years, design and engineering has become a vital part of how they help their customers receive the best possible product for their needs.