Sanstec Design Blog

Design engineers, in this current climate with AI and other technical developments, can you imagine a time when any new product or invention would have to be hand drawn on paper using a drawing board? Equipped with a pencil, eraser, ruler, set square and any other tools, the painstaking task would begin to create an accurate design blueprint. For those engineers operating in this era, the process could be hampered even further if the design needed changing. So, back to the drawing board they would go to start over.

Given this, it’s not surprising that around the mid-20th century, the first computer aided design (CAD) systems were developed and marketed. We have the ‘Fathers of CAD’ to thank for developing this much needed technology, which since its release, has continued to evolve. Nowadays there are many software packages available to purchase, but due to the type of service we provide, and the industries in which we operate, we utilise the functionality in Creo, Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor.

I often wonder where would we be today without the breakthrough in this area. To have the ability to produce a model in 2D or 3D at a fraction of the time, compared with our industrial revolution counterparts, for example. I, for one, appreciate how the latest CAD technology helps me do my job. Next time a client asks me to make an alteration to a design, I’ll be glad that I’m not literally going back to the drawing board to do it.

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