CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. It provides us with the ability to save, share, and edit designs. At ShapeMaster we utilize two software: SolidWorks by Dassault Systems and Fusion 360 by AUTODESK.
At ShapeMaster, we believe that it is important to start with a sketch in a few basic views including side view, front view, top view, and orthographic projection view. The more details that you show on paper will allow for the ability to work through the design and find problems before creating a CAD model and dimensioned prints. Many times, when a product is rushed and CAD models have no dimensions, there can be issues for the draftsperson or machinist making the parts. As with any project, with greater detail and features shown and notated, there will be higher accuracy on the final product. Once a length, width, and height is known, a few details for the part can begin to be modeled on computer software. Simple items can be modeled in CAD in under 30 minutes.