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Acronym for computer-aided design. A CAD system is a combination of hardware and software that enables engineers and architects to design everything from furniture to airplanes. In addition to the software, CAD systems require a high-quality graphics monitor; a mouse, light pen, or digitizing tablet for drawing; and a special printer or plotter for printing design specifications.

CAD systems allow an engineer to view a design from any angle with the push of a button and to zoom in or out for close-ups and long-distance views. In addition, the computer keeps track of design dependencies so that when the engineer changes one value, all other values that depend on it are automatically changed accordingly.

Until the mid 1980s, all CAD systems were specially constructed computers. Now, you can buy CAD software that runs on general-purpose workstations and personal computers.


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Outstanding Page Autodesk
Home page of Autodesk, a supplier of computer-aided design and desktop multimedia software, UNIX-based design tools and developers of PC-software. Their informative site provides links to company information, products like their AutoCAD software, industry solutions, and support and training. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

Outstanding Page Engineering Software Online
A comprehensive site containing links to news articles, resources, product information and forums for CAD/CAM, FEA, project, modeling, and programming tools. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

Outstanding Page Nerdworld's CAD software page
This CAD resource page contains links to CAD software and related newsgroups. Updated on Feb 20, 1998

  3D/Eye Online
Home page of 3D Eye, a provider of 3D software technology for the professional design industry. There are links to products, sales, support, and service, and a gallery of professionally created 3D models. Updated on May 3, 1998

  ACCEL Online
Home page for ACCEL Technologies, developers of CAD software for the development of printed circuit boards. There are links to their products, technical support and company information. Updated on Nov 19, 1996

  Artwork Conversion Software home page
The Artwork Conversion Software home page offers information on their CAD translation products and services, support, and company information. Updated on May 5, 1998

  Ashlar CAD software products
Home page of Ashlar, which develops and sells CAD software products. Updated on Dec 25, 1997

  Bentley Systems home page
Provides company, industry and product news and information, as well as links to their MicroStation engineering software product, user groups, publications, and international offices. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  CADalog - AutoCAD shareware clearinghouse
The CADalog site contains over 2000 AutoCAD related shareware and freeware files. Files are accessible either by a search utility or by category (LISP routines, drivers, fonts, hatches, blocks, menus, and patches). Updated on Jul 1, 1998

  CADIT home page
CADIT is an interactive tutor for learning AutoCAD. This project is supported by a Teaching Initiative at the University of Newcastle, UK, to promote the learning of Computer Aided Design. This home page offers links to tutorial modules.

  CadSoft Online
This home page provides information about the EAGLE Layout Editor, a printed circuit board design package. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  CADsyst - AutoCAD shareware
Offers a searchable collection of shareware, freeware and public domain files for AutoCAD. Also includes a comprehensive collection of links to CAD/D information on the web. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Delcam, CAD/CAM software developers
Home page of Delcam. This page provides information on Delcam's 3D CAD/CAM products and support, links to related technology forums, company information, training, and demos. Updated on Dec 20, 1996

  DP Technology home page
DP Technology is a developer of CAD/CAM software for wire, milling and lathe applications. Their home page offers links to their product offerings, company information, and solution partners. Updated on Jul 18, 1998

  Graphisoft home page
Graphisoft develops and markets architectural CAD software for Macintosh and Windows platforms. Their home page offers links to their products, technical support, company information and news, and a QuickTime VR gallery. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

  Mastercam product page
Contains product information for the Mastercam CAD/CAM systems from CNC Software. There are links to articles and application stories, a product description, and related manufacturing and Mastercam sites. Updated on May 21, 1998

  MicroCAD Solutions On-Line
MicroCAD Solutions is an engineering and manufacturing solution provider. Their home page offers links to their systems integration, maintenance, training, and engineering services. Updated on Mar 17, 1998

  OrCAD home page
The OrCAD site features the OrCAD Express for Windows product, company news, and technical information. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  Router Solutions home page
The Router Solutions site provides links to their line of CAE/CAD/CAM interface products, tools and services. Updated on May 16, 1998

  Surfware home page
This company page highlights the SURFCAM CAD/CAM product line, and also provides links to company information and a FAQ. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  SwissPrecision/Engineer home page
From Precisionsoft AG, this page provides information on their CAD/CAM software for Windows, SwissPrecision/Engineer. Updated on May 28, 1998

  The Tech Group home page
Describes The Tech Groups's CAD and CAM products and services. Updated on Mar 23, 1998

  Varimetrix home page
Varimetrix Corporation develops and markets a suite of CAD/CAM/CAE software modules. Their home page provides links to products, company, and support information.

  Yahoo!'s CAD software page
Yahoo!'s directory of CAD software. Updated on May 9, 1998

  Yahoo!'s Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) page
Yahoo!'s directory of Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD). Updated on Aug 4, 1998


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