Computer Aided Design
This is a well-trodden discipline utilizing various hardware and software to produce 2D plans, 3D virtual models and hoist of diagrams and literature which is controllable, repeatable and precise.
In the engineering sphere, 2D CAD typically includes electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic schematics, is an output for 2D CNC profiling and commonly is the output for 3D models for many manufacturing processes.
3D CAD has grown in popularity and ease of use over the last few decades to produce ever-increasingly complex component and assemblies for pre-prototype assembly visualization, additive layer manufacturing, 2D and 3D CNC manufacturing, along with static, dynamic, thermal and harmonic structural analysis. All with the aim to reduce costly prototype build and test. Whilst early 3D CAD software produced models using Boolean operations, common practice now is to use parametric CAD to increase the versatility and speed of model changes and duplications, where dimensions to each feature of a model are accessible for change and often linked to other dimensions.
CAD models are often created in two phases, the first to portray a variety of concepts which are roughly hewn models with an ‘Art of the Possible’ ethos for visualization, secondly a focus is applied to manufacturing detail using a ‘Design Intent’ ethos.
Matters Mechanical are extremely experienced with Dassault Systemes’ 3D parametric SolidWorks and AutoDesk’s 2D / 3D AutoCAD software.
Other familiar CAD software packages used by Matters Mechanical include:-
• Alibre CAD
• AutoDesk Fusion 360
• Dassault Systemes’, DraftSight