We are celebrating National CAD Day on August 2. It is a day to celebrate everything that computer-aided design (CAD) has made possible. It helps designers design tools using a computer. CAD offers much more versatility than manual drafting of designs. It sure takes more time to make a design on the computer. But the design process becomes smoother and easier, and there is less room for error with CAD software. Additionally, it can be modified, stored, and transported easily anywhere.
History of National CAD Day
Infrastructural and technological development requires thorough planning. No matter where the development is needed, it might be a small change or a large innovation, but it all needs a plan to work out. We have to first visualize our current status, our objectives, what we want to happen, what we have, and finally make a plan of action. But once we have a plan of action in our mind, we still need to be able to convey the plan to others. After all, we can not do everything on our own.
At the start of civilization, we witnessed our ancestors change the topography of the planet based on our requirements. But back then, it was relatively easy. All we had to do was cut trees, move rocks, dig and construct simple buildings made of natural materials. But our needs have changed over time, and the changes that we need to make today are more complex. We can plan anything in our minds, but it is not always possible to execute such plans efficiently without visualizing them. The need to have a visualized plan gave rise to the design. Designing is an integral part of every innovation. It allows us to coordinate the ideas and requirements effectively within a team and systematize the entire plan.
But as we move into the modern age, it becomes increasingly difficult and tiresome to manually draw every design. computer-aided design, also known as CAD, was born out of this necessity. CAD simplified and automated the entire process and made it easy to edit, store, and access the designs. CAD gradually became popular after Dr. Patrick J. Hanratty created PRONTO, the first commercial numerical-control programming system.
National CAD Day timeline
U.S. Army personnel and the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering create the first general-purpose computer.
The first computer graphics from mathematical equations develop into the first form of C.N.C. machines.
Ivan Sutherland creates the first version of Sketchpad.
3.D. CAD evolution begins and continues to the present day.
National CAD Day FAQs
How does CAD work?
CAD creates 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional designs in a computer that are defined by strict geometrical parameters that match real-world design needs.
What does CAD stand for?
CAD stands for computer-aided design.
What are examples of CAD?
Computer software like AutoCAD, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender, SketchUp, e.t.c., are some examples of CAD software.
National CAD Day Activities
Make something in CAD
Download some free CAD software. Try to create a simple design in the CAD software.
Print a CAD file in 3.D.
Once the design is set, we can move to the next stage. Print the material and send the design to a 3D printer.
Share the story of CAD
The development and evolution of CAD software took decades to complete. Trace its history and create a blog about CAD development.
5 Facts That You Should Know About CAD
The father of CAD
Patrick J. Hanratty is considered the father of CAD and CAM.
The first commercial integrated design/manufacturing system
ADAM is the first commercially available integrated, interactive graphics design, drafting, and manufacturing system.
The most popular CAD
AutoCAD is one of the oldest and most used CAD software.
Pro/E is the most popular CAD tool for designers in NASA.
The first commercial and numerical-control system
The first commercial, numerical-control programming system is PRONTO.
Why We Love National CAD Day
It makes life easier
Before CAD, everything was manual. A designer will have to rework everything if there is a change or mistake. CAD made things easier and more clear for the designers.
Modern problems require modern solution
Modern designs are getting more and more complex every day. Such complex designs are difficult to draw manually, and we need advanced technology like CAD to accomplish it.
Developments in technology
Technology development is something that goes hand in hand with CAD development. As CAD becomes more advanced, the hardware that we need to render the software will also need to advance.
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