Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.
CAD software for mechanical design uses either vector based graphics to depict the objects of traditional drafting, or may also produce raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. However, it involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.
CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space; or curves, surfaces, and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space.
Computer-aided design is one of the many tools used by engineers and designers and is used in many ways depending on the profession of the user and the type of software in question.
CAD is one part of the whole Digital Product Development (DPD) activity within the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) processes, and as such is used together with other tools, which are either integrated modules or stand-alone products, such as:
- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.
- Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the broad usage of computer software to aid in engineering tasks. CAE tools are being used, for example, to analyze the robustness and performance of components and assemblies. The term encompasses simulation, validation, and optimization of products and manufacturing tools.
- In mathematics, finite element method (FEM) is a numerical technique for finding approximate solutions to boundary value problems. It uses variational methods to minimize an error function and produce a stable solution.
- The computer numerical control (CNC) programs produce a computer file that is interpreted to extract the commands needed to operate a particular machine via a postprocessor, and then loaded into the CNC machines for production.
- Product data management (PDM) is the use of software or other tools to track and control data related to a particular product. The data tracked usually involves the technical specifications of the product, specifications for manufacture and development, and the types of materials that will be required to produce goods.
Abaqus FEA is a software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering. Abaqus is used in the automotive, aerospace, and industrial products industries. The product is popular with academic and research institutions due to the wide material modeling capability, and the program's ability to be customized. Abaqus also provides a good collection of multiphysics capabilities, such as coupled acoustic-structural, piezoelectric, and structural-pore capabilities, making it attractive for production-level simulations where multiple fields need to be coupled.
Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS) is an electronic design automation software system produced . It provides an integrated design environment to designers of RF electronic products such as mobile phones, pagers, wireless networks, satellite communications, radar systems, and high-speed data links.
Agilent Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro) is 3-D electromagnetic simulation software.
Agilent Genesys is an affordable, accurate, easy-to-use RF and microwave simulation software created for the circuit board and subsystem designer.
Agilent SystemVue is a focused electronic design automation (EDA) environment for electronic system-level (ESL) design. It enables system architects and algorithm developers to innovate the physical layer (PHY) of wireless and aerospace/defense communications systems and provides unique value to RF, DSP, and FPGA/ASIC implementers.
Alibre Design is a parametric computer-aided design (CAD) software suite. Alibre Design Personal Edition is a basic 3D modeling application for beginners and hobbyists, whereas Alibre Design Professional and Alibre Design Expert are 3D and 2D modeling applications suitable or intended for professional use.
Alibre Geomagic Design solutions include comprehensive rendering tools, built-in motion simulation tools and a wide range of 3D CAD and neutral 3D format support to enable interoperability of design data.
Altair HyperForm Solista: Sheet-Metal Forming Essentials.
Altair Engineering’s HyperWorks is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform that allows businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively.
Altair SimLab is a software tool created specifically as a pre-processor for detailed computer models of complex powertrains
Altium Designer is an EDA software package for printed circuit board, FPGA and embedded software design, and associated library and release management automation.
ArtiosCAD is a software program dedicated to the design of folded packaging, mainly corrugated boxes and folding carton. ArtiosCAD is used by box designers, box sample makers, die makers.
Aveva PDMS is a customizable, multi-user and multi-discipline, engineer controlled design software package for engineering, design and construction projects.
AVL Suite for the calculation of complex workflows car engines and hybrid systems.
The AWR Design Environment design suite is the most comprehensive software solution for designers of all types of RF and microwave circuits, from integrated microwave assemblies to monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and everything in between.
Cadence OrCAD is a proprietary software tool suite used primarily for electronic design automation. The software is used mainly by electronic design engineers and electronic technicians to create electronic schematics and electronic prints for manufacturing printed circuit boards.
CadSoft Eagle, the Easy Applicable Graphical Layout Editor is a powerful PCB design software tailored to meet the needs of professional engineers, makers and those at school! The simplicity of the software provides a fast learning curve, even for those new to PCB design. The openness of EAGLE design resources, such as its extensive and fully-open component libraries, ease the design process for all. The software’s flexibility also means EAGLE is ever growing in its capabilities and workflow compatibility, demonstrated by the hundreds of extensions (ULPs) openly available to all users and its structured XML file format.
Carlson GeoTech provides the ability to import borehole data for analyzing subsurface conditions and materials. Carlson CADnet allows users to create CAD from non-CAD documents such as PDFs, raster images, and paper plans. Carlson Trench is for calculations related to installing pipes, sewers, or utility lines.
CGTech VERICUT software is used to simulate CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions, or areas of inefficiency. VERICUT enables NC programmers to correct errors before the program is ever loaded on the CNC machine, thereby eliminating manual prove-outs. VERICUT also optimizes NC program cutting speeds for more efficient machining.
Chief Architect Software is computer aided design software (CAD) for the home building industry. Chief Architect Software is 3D architectural design products for the professional home design industry and the DIY home design markets.
COMSOL Multiphysics is a finite element analysis, solver and Simulation software / FEA Software package for various physics and engineering applications, especially coupled phenomena, or multiphysics. COMSOL Multiphysics also offers an extensive interface to MATLAB and its toolboxes for a large variety of programming, preprocessing and postprocessing possibilities.
The electromagnetic simulation software CST STUDIO SUITE is the culmination of many years of research and development into the most efficient and accurate computational solutions to electromagnetic design.
The high-performance ESPRIT system offers powerful programming for any CNC machine tool.
Femap is an advanced engineering simulation software program that creates finite element analysis models of complex engineering products and systems, and displays solution results.
By simulating pressure surge, temperature and fluid flow rates system-wide, engineers use Flowmaster V7 to understand how design alterations, component size, selection and operating conditions will affect the overall fluid system performance.
The GRAITEC Advance suite consists of software products dedicated to the BIM structure: Advance Design, Advance Concrete and Advance Steel and Advance CAD, a new drawing tool that completes the suite.
GT-SUITE handles, in a single software tool, a wide variety of vehicle and engine technical applications.
IMSI TurboCAD is a premium, professional computer-aided design package. It includes all the speed and technology of TurboCAD Pro for 2D/3D drafting, detailing, modeling, rendering, and extensive file sharing. TurboCAD Pro Platinum also provides advanced tools for mechanical design, simple BIM and suite of architectural tools that are AutoCAD® Architecture compatible, and much more for greater control and flexibility.
Nemetschek Allplan is a platform software for architects, civil engineers, contractors and facility managers for designing and managing buildings.
Nemetschek VectorWorks product line offers professional design solutions for architecture, interior construction, the entertainment industry, landscaping, landscape architecture and mechanical engineering.
Ricardo Software markets and supports a wide range of design and analysis software products developed specifically for application during the powertrain development and vehicle integration processes.
Schneider Electric Vijeo Citect, is the operating and monitoring component of PlantStruxure, the new Process Automation system of Schneider Electric. With its powerful visualisation capabilities and operational features, it delivers actionable insight faster, enabling operators to respond quickly to process disturbances and thereby increase their effectiveness.
Schneider Electric Unity Pro is the common programming, debugging and operating software for the Modicon M340 PAC, Premium and Quantum PLC ranges.
solidThinking Inspire software allows design engineers, product designers and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads.
SpaceClaim Engineer brings 3D solid modeling to the desktops of engineers and analysts who work in a 3D world but don't want to become experts in traditional feature-based CAD.
Tekla Structures is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that enables the creation and management of accurately detailed, highly constructable 3D structural models regardless of material or structural complexity.
XFlow is a next generation CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) software system that uses a proprietary, particle-based, meshless approach with the Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM), which can easily handle traditionally complex problems.
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