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Computer Aided Design (commonly abbreviated CAD) is a technology for creating schematics, blueprints, prototypes, mock-ups and designs of architectural, mechanical, geospatial and engineering-oriented models. The models could be of just about anything, with some come examples being: products, houses, buildings, property layouts, etc...

CAM

Computer Aided Manufacturing (commonly abbreviated CAM) is a technology for reading schematics, blueprints, prototypes, mock-ups and designs of architectural, mechanical, geospatial and engineering-oriented models which have been authored in CAD. These models are interpreted into specific dimensions, shapes/sizes, scale/measurements, possibly even textures/materials, and then created by a single CAM physical manufacturing machine (similar to modern 3D printers), or a broad set of machines/tools/stations (i.e. in a factory assembly-line) that each interpret, work with and produce sections of the CAD model, to eventually combine all the parts required for a finished product.


AutoCAD

Automatic Computer Aided Design (commonly abbreviated AutoCAD) is a software by AutoDesk built atop existing CAD specifications and applications. AutoCAD was one of the first CAD programs to run on personal computers, and it also supports a number of application programming interfaces (APIs) for customization and automation. It is the latter quality of automation of design tasks which earned AutoCAD its current high reputation and usage in design tasks across a large number of industries.



Tools

CAD

AutoCAD

Project Butterfly

Project Butterfly is a Web-based, collaborative AutoCAD tool.


Resources

Tutorials


External Links


References

  1. AutoDesk - the leding CAD & CAM tool: https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/cad-cam
  2. How CAD/CAM Programs Work: https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/custom-manufacturing-fabricating/cad-cam-software-explanation/
  3. CAD software tutorial: http://edge.cs.drexel.edu/GICL/howto/CADtutorial/index.html
  4. http://www.brighthubengineering.com/cad-autocad-reviews-tips/67118-how-does-cad-work/#imgn_0
  5. Everything You Need To Know About Computer Aided Design (CAD): https://www.creativemechanisms.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-computer-aided-design-cad
  6. How CAD Modeling works: http://www.maddoxdesignltd.co.uk/blog/2015/11/how-cad-modelling-works/
  7. CAD overview: http://www.design-skills.org/about_cad.html

See Also

3D | Design | 3D Printing | VRML | Visualization