Technology is moving at and extremely fast pace, so fast that we are as you most probably would know, living in the information age. A century or half century ago all forms of design and development was in the form of literal hard work and sweat, from large hand drawn drawings to handmade components. Engineers and Architects spearheaded development over the past century due to the easy of availability of information to producing safer, more reliable, long lasting products with buildings growing stronger and taller and smarter than ever and at the same time all electronics, software and machines growing smaller, faster and smarter too. This progress without doubt wouldn’t have been possible without the computer and the internet.
The Use of Computers in Design and Manufacture
In the past the progress of technology and innovation only improved decades at a time, from the age of the first transistor to when the first computer was made which was in fact the size of a room! Only affordable by the wealthy companies at that time. But that progress increased exponentially with the first integrated circuit to the first microprocessor and microcontroller.
Computers have found their ways into almost all frontiers of design and manufacture most notably via Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). Engineers and Architects cannot simply do away with CAD and CAM as their presence is the reason for the development of high precision components and simply amazing designs which portray the might of these disciplines. One of the most commonly used CAD software nowadays by hobbyists and professionals most notably engineers and architects is Autodesk. Gone are the days of spine hurting drawings by hand, Colleges and Universities around the globe now provide AutoCAD and Revit courses in addition to the regular syllabus and also stand alone courses to educate new professionals from Engineers of all sorts who will favor the ease of use by AutoCAD software to architects who will benefit from the by these courses which teaches how to use a software designed specifically for the purpose of building and architecture.
Evolution of Technology in Design and Manufacture
With the evolution of education as a whole, and with new technology being introduced, CAD and CAM are used hand in hand to bring about the most amazing designs present today, from the fastest car to your simple mechanical watch! Such is the precision and accuracy of these products that we often take it for granted. Technology always evolves from the development of virtual reality headsets to smart and well, smart everything! Not forgetting the most notable one, the latest frontier of design and manufacture, 3D printing, and it is taking huge leaps and bounds in society with almost every academic and professional interested in investing time into it. 3D printing has open doors for a seemingly unlimited opportunities with many already designing printers to build anything from small toys to even food and buildings!! And it doesn’t stop right there, the future of design and manufacture can be said to be unpredictable and only limited to our imagination, with new designs been created every day, what would we do without our humble computer?