Computer-aided design (CAD) services assist in the computerized design, three-dimensional (3D) modeling, and printing and drafting of engineering components and assemblies. Computer-aided (CAD) services include specialized programs that help operators draw schematics for printed circuit boards (PCB), electronic or mechanical components, and systems for computer aided manufacturing (CAM). Some companies specialize in analog design or backplane design. Others specialize in 3D modeling.
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Q & A on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services

We asked our users for their input on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services. Here are the results of 136 users familiar with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing CAD Services?
26 answers
Answers:
Enterprise software, geometry-driven configurations, standardization of solid state hard drives.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Quick modeling with full details & BOM generation, Interaction with data base ERP/SAP.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
Global network Knowledge database Small interface terminal (like iPad)
~Engineering, Design, Nagoya, Japan
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative CAD Services?
26 answers
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Frontline PCB Solutions, AutoDesk, SolidWorks.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Skopje, Macedonia
Dassualt Systemes Autodesk
~Oladapo O, Design Engineer, Lagos, Nigeria
Autocad, sketch up, solidworks
~Felix M., Design Engineer, Immokalee, FL
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used CAD Services for?
35 answers
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Produce drawing for regenerative flywheel braking system, produce Model Swamp Vehicle, produce Old Timer Toy Car.
~Manufacturing, Selangor, Malaysia
US Army corps of engineering Afghanistan Engineering District (AED) construction projects
~Architect/Builder/Contractor, Kabul, Afghanistan
Designing agricultural machinery maize planters, roller seeders, post drivers, and so on.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that CAD Services have been used for.
8 answers
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Wiring in informal sectors
~Engineering, Other, Mombasa, Kenya
Creation of plastic bottles
~Brian B, Design Engineer, Valparaiso, IN
Knowledge based engineering.
~Xavier D, Project Manager, Valenciennes, France
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of CAD Services?
5 answers
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20 hrs of lost data from broken links- Turbo Cad Mac-
~John B., Self used CAD, St. Paul, MN
This is typically reserved to situations in older 2D formats or enterprise software networking.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
On a human level, no. On a financial level, yes.
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
17 answers
Answers:
A software that will take Auto-CAD and convert it to a 3D solid model; not a dummy solid. We can do this manually - i would like to see it automated.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Mold flow analysis and design.
~Oladapo O, Design Engineer, Lagos, Nigeria
Interactive design, drag & drop libraries.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of CAD Services?
8 answers
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Be very clear with the deliverable; do not assume that your design service provider is automatically going to deliver rapid prototype parts if the topic was never breached.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Define clearly the basics (for ex. if you want N drawings from a 3D CAD model, ask your provider to build only one 3D model and not N). Take care about the units.
~Xavier D, Project Manager, Valenciennes, France
The best tube jockeys are usually the worst designers.
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using CAD Services?
11 answers
Answers:
Compare your actual cost of IMPLEMENTING the software EFFECTIVELY, including the cost of the hardware and designer and compare it to a quote from a CAD service company to determine if learning CAD is worth the cost of the learning curve. Our clients all need CAD; but there are 2 distinct customers: 1) In-house engineering departments are too rigid and slow for product - to - market development and 2) Customers can outsource all CAD (including headaches) for $10 - $15k annually versus a minimum of $40k in implementation in year 1.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Go for the experienced. Pay for the right person, since he gives you better platform.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
Try to be very good with one program rather than confusing many programs.
~Angelos I, Production Engineer, Nafplio, Greece
How easy- expensive is this/that CAD able to link to CAM?
~John B., Self used CAD, St. Paul, MN
What do you want to get your client?
~Felix M., Design Engineer, Immokalee, FL
If you can imagine it, it can happen with CAD
~Brian B, Design Engineer, Valparaiso, IN
Nothing 'coz ev'ry body used a cad.
~Edward D, Cad designer, Angeles city, Philippines
Clear specification
~Research & Development, Louisville, KY
Learn the product
~Barney H, Engineer, Sunninghill, South Africa
Its a great tool.
~Project Management, Perth, Australia
Brace yourself
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY


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