CAD Computer Aided Design Term - Design Terms of Interest to the Fashion Industry
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According to Bureau Labor of Statistics, computer-aided design (CAD) is increasingly being used in the fashion design industry. Although most designers initially sketch designs by hand, a growing number also translate these hand sketches to the computer. CAD allows designers to view designs of clothing on virtual models and in various colors and shapes, thus saving time by requiring fewer adjustments of prototypes and samples later. Apparel Search recognizes the importance of CAD and provides some details on this design tool.
According to Wikipedia, computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer technology for the design of objects, real or virtual. CAD often involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting of technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD often must convey also symbolic information such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.
CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional ("2D") space; or curves, surfaces, and solids in three-dimensional ("3D") objects. CAD is an important industrial art extensively used in many other design applications, including automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace, industrial and architectural design, prosthetics, and more.
CAD has become an especially important technology within the scope of computer-aided technologies, with benefits such as lower product development costs and a greatly shortened design cycle. CAD enables designers to lay out and develop work on screen, print it out and save it for future editing, saving time on their drawings.
CAD is also
widely used to produce computer animation
for special effects in movies, advertising
and technical manuals. The modern ubiquity
and power of computers means that even
perfume bottles and shampoo dispensers
are designed using techniques unheard
of by engineers of the 1960s. Because
of its enormous economic importance,
CAD has been a major driving force for
research in computational geometry,
computer graphics (both hardware and
software), and discrete differential
CAD is clearly important to members of the fashion industry.
By Regina Cooper for Apparel Search
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