Computer-aided design software applications, also known as CAD, are graphic software programs that designers use to create virtual 2D and 3D models of objects that can be used for architecture, engineering, manufacturing and many other purposes. A broad assortment of CAD software utilities supports... specialized solutions such as floor-planning, infrastructure, and product design. At their simplest, computer-aided design software packages replace hand drafting with efficiently created drawings that automatically resolve problems of placement and scale. More sophisticated applications can incorporate organic or other parametric components into models or simulate product attributes such as tensile strength or reaction to stress or extreme temperature variation.
Most modern CAD software can be run on standard Windows or Mac computers with adequate memory and graphics processing power without requiring specialized hardware. Popular options include titles such as Inventor from Autodesk. Other options include Nemetschek Vectorworks. Smaller versions like the Autodesk AutoSketch sketchbook tool are options for more general usage while utilities are available to solve specialized problems such as creating stairs, electrical wiring plans, or landscape architecture—or quickly creating parts for mechanical designs.
CAD software packages in a variety of configurations are available from Connection, and they can be installed with annual maintenance contracts or by subscription. Additional seats and software upgrades are available as requirements change, and as always Connection Account Managers are available with advice and recommendations to tailor the best solution for your specific requirements. We will work with you to find the computer-aided design software that will best serve your government or education organization.
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