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CAD in the Design Office and the Process of Concurrent Design Engineering

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Computer aided design (CAD) is used in design offices around the world because speed and efficiency is extremely valuable. The idea of Concurrent Design Engineering is a relatively new concept that has improved the speed that designers produce a product. Concurrent Design Engineering is a way to integrate all the processes in design back to a three-dimensional geometric data base or a CAD model. All the steps in designing a product have an opportunity to contribute to and be actively informed of decisions and changes throughout the process of design. CAD has the ability to generate fast, easy to understand models that can be altered with ease and with concurrent design engineering, any changes would be known by everybody involved. Each of…show more content…
Concurrent design engineering has replaced the older step by step or “waterfall model,” this was an extremely linear and straight foreword approach. However, the concurrent approach is much more free flowing and integrated. CAD can be introduced very early in the process of product design. As soon as the product need is identified and the first concept sketches are narrowed down, the ideas can be put into CAD to show the client and the rest of the design team what is happening. There are people on the within the process who can not translate a two-dimensional sketch or drafting as three-dimensional object. Therefore, the introduction of the concept in its simplest form at the beginning of the process without much detail can inform the rest of the team of what they have to work with. The ability to transfer information digitally is much more effective and time efficient than having to do everything analog. Analog versus digital rendering is a question that various people have a quandary with. Both analog and digital rendering have their strong points but the digital side is slowly running out of weak points. Analog methods have also had their flaws in translating into a final product. In Product Design and Manufacturing by A. K. Chitale, R. C. Gupta they say that
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