When working as an architect, one of the most important traits to have is the ability to visualize the finished product in your mind, before you even draw the first line of its blueprint. Once you start working on your blueprint, things become even clearer in your mind, and you get a pretty good idea of how the final product will look like; but what do you do when you need to share that idea with someone that doesn’t have the spatial visualization ability you have? This is where computer-aided design (CAD) comes into play, as it gives you the ability to create a 3D sketch of your product, and show everyone how it will look and work before actually building it.
There are multiple software suites that can be used for computer-aided design, but when it comes to engineering or architecture, AutoCAD is the most popular software suite for this task, used by professionals all around the world, and this article will help you understand some basic advantages of using this software and similar ones. You can get started with AutoCAD by taking this online course.
See It before You Build It
Without a doubt, the ability to transform an idea into something visible, even if we’re talking about a rough draft, is the biggest advantage of any CAD software. This is not of so much use for you, the professional, as it is to the people that don’t have your level of training. No matter how good you are at explaining the architecture of a house to someone, they may not be able to get the full picture; with CAD software, you can quickly create a sketch that will help them have a basic idea of what you’re talking about. SketchUp is a very intuitive program for this task, allowing you to create a sketch in minutes. Check out this online course to learn the basics of using SketchUp.
Creating a blueprint with the help of CAD software has numerous advantages over traditional blueprinting. First of all, you have all the rulers, tools and measurements just a click away, which will greatly speed up the whole process. However, the element that really speeds up the process is the ability to correct the errors significantly quicker than in the case of using a pencil and paper.
When creating multiple blueprints that are fairly similar, you can create an initial template with the elements all the blueprints will have in common and use it as the base for all the other templates. This means that you won’t waste time doing the same thing over and over again, but rather focus on the important aspects, thus greatly improving productivity. You can learn how to increase productivity even more by taking this online course.
Easy Storage, Easy Sharing
Another major advantage of using CAD software is that it allows you to be more organized. No longer will you need to cabinets all over the place, crammed with blueprints – you can keep everything safe in your computer, on a USB thumb drive, or even in the cloud. Finding a certain blueprint is also quicker, even if you have thousands of blueprints to search through. Besides easy storage, digital blueprints are also easy to share. If you ever need to share a blueprint with a business partner that’s in the different part of the world, you can do it in just a few clicks.
One important aspect to keep in mind, though, is that digital data can be easily corrupted or compromised if not protected properly, so your entire work can be at risk if your computer gets infected by a virus. You can prevent such catastrophic scenario by taking some precautionary and security measures. Consider taking this online course to learn more about data security, and how to keep everything safe.
Simple or Complex – You Decide
Computer-aided design is highly adaptable to your needs. There are numerous software suites, each targeted at a specific task in the field of design or at a different category of professionals. AutoCAD software is perfect for technical blueprints used architects and engineers, Maya or 3Ds Max for realistic 3D models and renderings and so on. Depending on your needs, you can use a certain program, or a combination of programs. For example, you can create the blueprints for a house in AutoCAD and create a 3D rendering using 3DS Max, thus allowing the future owner to have virtual tour of the house and see all the technicalities as well.
However, despite the fact that all these suites can be categorized as computer-aided design tools, each require certain skills, and the design process between one tool and another can be quite different. The best way to understand all this is to take some online courses on each of these programs and notice the differences yourself. Compare this online course on 3D rendering in AutoCAD with this online course on 3D rendering in 3Ds Max – notice the differences?
CAD – It’s Everywhere
One of the main reasons you should get familiar with CAD software is that it is basically everywhere. No matter if we’re talking about architecture, engineering, design, cartography, automotive, fashion – they all use some form of CAD along the way. In architecture alone you can use computer-aided design in a great number of ways, and make some good money while doing it as well, as illustrated in this blog post.
In the end, it’s quite clear that CAD has numerous advantages over traditional design, and it is just a matter of time until it completely takes over, so make sure you don’t let the wind of change catch you unprepared.
The aspects presented here are just the tip of the iceberg, but I’m sure you can identify more advantages of computer-aided design, and thus more reasons to make the switch, especially with the 3D printing technology, which relies heavily on computer design, evolving so rapidly. So, are you ready to make the switch?