As we discussed in section one and section two of this five-part article, computer-aided design (CAD) technology is streamlining the construction industry design process and helping create faster, more precise, and more effective designs for projects. Whether it’s 3D modeling and printing or building design and building information modeling (BIM), the concepts of CAD technology will continue to be utilized on a grander scale in the construction industry. In this article, we will explain in greater detail what CAD technology is and how it is being utilized in the industry. In sections four and five, we will conclude our series. As Orlando construction lawyers, we are fascinated with this technology and how it will aid construction industry professionals in designing and completing projects.
What is the Difference Between CAD and 3D Modeling?
As thoughtco.com eloquently puts it, the difference between your standard 3D model program and a CAD program is that your standard 3D model program is a “blank canvas where you can build anything from scratch” and a CAD program is “designed to be technical tools with functions in industrial design, mechanical design, architecture, and even areas such as aerospace engineering and astronautics.” In other words, CAD programs are a more sophisticated form of 3D modeling.
The Future of CAD Software
Moving forward, computer-aided design (CAD) technology will continue to become a more and more important asset for our future builders and designers. Although implementing this technology into our infrastructure is still a fairly new process, even back in 2012, CAD technology was considered the greatest advancement in the construction industry. In the near future, CAD technology will become even more advanced and offer industry professionals even more solutions.
How is CAD Utilized in the Construction Industry?
CAD technology is utilized in all stages of construction. In the design stages, CAD technology is crucial as BIM technology and other visual design software programs are considered variations of CAD technology. This software creates the 3D designs that architects rely on to ensure precision in the data of their projects. In production, CAD technology can be utilized to navigate, monitor, and redirect autonomous machinery. For example, driverless vehicles will be programmed to set their course by CAD technology. In constructing infrastructure, engineers can utilize CAD technology to design an object in 3D and, in some cases, this complex design can be 3D printed on site much like the 3D printers we discussed in the first section of this article. Simply put, CAD technology can be used to conceptualize and even create infrastructure projects of the future.
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