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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 geometry.

The design of geometric models for object shapes, in particular, is often called computer-aided geometric design (CAGD).

CAD is clearly important to members of the fashion industry.

Find CAD software and other Fashion Design Software in our fashion technology section.

By Regina Cooper for Apparel Search


Tools helpful to fashion CAD designers:

CAD Software - Fashion and Textile Industry

Pattern Making Software

PDM Software - Fashion and Textile Industry

Embroidery Design Software

Textile Design Software

Here are some companies or people that may have interest in CAD design.

Design Agencies

Graphic Designers

Fashion Illustrators

Artist Links of Interest

Handbag Design Studios

Hang Tag Designers

Freelance Artists - fashion

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Technical Drawing - fashion

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AutoCAD Design
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2D to 3D conversions
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Architectural drawings
GIS conversion
Logo vectorization
Digitizing maps
Legacy drawing conversion

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If you are interested, you may want to read the CAD definition as well.


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