As romantic as drafting tables, sharpened pencils of various thicknesses, constantly gray fingers and stacks of papers with drawings may be, fortunately, in the modern world, CAD systems have appeared and are used by engineers and architects. With their help, you can create 2D and 3D projects and visualize structures. CAD allows you to develop, modify, and optimize the design process.
To date, there are many high-quality CAD systems that can meet almost all requirements. And they are quite enough to start working. But let's find out what custom CAD systems are used for and whether your business really needs them. Let's start with the available CAD that are on the market.
So what CAD systems have been used in recent years?
One of the oldest and most widely used CAD programs. It has the ability to create drawings, equipment layouts, plane incisions, model documentation, etc.
One of the strengths of Revit is that you can create perspective or axonometric angles with extreme ease, which would require considerable effort in hand drawing.
It is the core of an integrated enterprise automation system that supports the product lifecycle according to the concept of CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Lifecycle Support) technologies, including bidirectional data exchange between other Windows applications and the creation of interactive documentation.
Separate software used by civil engineers and other professionals to plan, design, and manage civil engineering projects, especially transportation, land development, and wastewater disposal.
It generates 2D/3D vector graphics and elements and includes building information modeling (BIM) functions. The current version is the MicroStation CONNECT Edition.
It is most often used by engineers to model and analyze product designs. These analyses typically include finite element analysis (FEA), computational hydrodynamics (CFD), and multibody dynamics (MBD). Like prototyping, these processes help prepare product design for real-world workloads.
Formerly known as Pro/Engineer, Creo is a 3D CAD software for product development, generative design, and top-down design. It is used by some of the world's largest companies, including Coca-Cola.
Now let's move on to the benefits of custom CADs.
Compliance with your requirements
That is, the system will be optimized for your production as much as possible. designed to make work easier and save time. You will be able to choose the interface and desktop most convenient for you, as well as the design and colors you like.
Absence of excess
When creating personal CAD systems, only the tools that are needed for your production are included. It will not be overloaded with unnecessary options that slow down the work and complicate the process of learning the software for beginners.
Ready-made templates can be built into your custom system, which will allow you to quickly modify them without spending time creating new ones. This is very handy if each of your products has to be created for a specific customer. You can see an example of our case.
Possibility of changes and improvements
Since the product is yours, you can make changes at any time. Test and improve according to your needs. You can always start with MVP to save money and add tools as needed.
Share with others
If you have an affiliate or franchise, you can lend your CAD system, where everything is created just for your product. This will allow you to partially control the production quality of your subordinates. And make sure that the products they create meet your requirements.
Of course, using an existing CAD system at the start is much cheaper. But creating your own CAD system will save more money in the future and improve the quality of production and productivity. It is up to you to decide.
Our company, Embrox has experience in creating custom CAD systems that are still successfully used by our clients. You can see our work in the Case studies section.