Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems or workstations to aid 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 output is often in the form of electronic files for print, machining, or other manufacturing operations
Manufacturing and Design
This 18 week course will prepare students to work in the manufacturing industry as a CAD Designer or in Quality Assurance. Topics will be tailored to meet current in demand job opportunities.
CAM can be used to automate a factory through systems such as real-time control and robotics. Because the manufacturing processes in a CAM system is computer controlled, a high degree of precision can be achieved that is not possible with a human interface. The CAM system, for example, sets the tool path and executes precision machine operations based on the imported design.
Some CAM systems bring in additional automation by keeping track of materials and automating the ordering process, as well as some maintenance tasks such as tool replacement. Another advantage of Computer Aided Manufacturing is that machines can be quickly reprogrammed to facilitate mass customization: the process of creating small batches of products that are custom designed to suit each particular client. Specifications and drawing changes can be transmitted quickly from design to manufacturing and from one machine to another.”
Construction and Architecture
This 18 week course will prepare students to work in the construction industry as a CAD Designer or Estimator. Topics will be tailored to meet current in demand job opportunities.
The very nature of Architectural Design requires an innumerable number of drafts to be created for the purpose of aiding the creative process and presentation to the clients. CAD software made for Architects can perform these conventional tasks more efficiently. They can also
- enable perspective views to be integrated into the drafts
- allow the architect to tackle more complex problems
- give a competitive edge (many clients look for CAD abilities when hiring an architect.)
With its introduction, CAD quickly moved up in status from being desirable to becoming required in the field of Architecture.