AutoCAD Mechanical Engineering [Mechanical engineering]

AutoCAD Mechanical Engineering

The Importance of AutoCAD to a Mechanical Engineer

AutoCAD has reduced the time engineers must spend making manual drawings.AutoCAD has reduced the time engineers must spend making manual drawings.

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Mechanical engineering is a broad field that encompasses industry, business, medicine and even law. Planning and designing mechanical objects is the primary focus of mechanical engineers, whether they are producing engine and motor components or complete devices like refrigerators and robots. Design programs like AutoCAD help mechanical engineers do their jobs by helping them create preliminary designs and spot flaws before production, saving time and resources.

What is AutoCAD?

CAD stands for "Computer Aided Design." AutoCAD is a line of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design software produced by the Autodesk company. It includes a powerful suite of features to improve workflow and create true-to-life maps, diagrams, structures and schematics. CAD software is equal part design and analysis. The design is needed to produce models and prepare component production, and the analysis helps calculate stress levels, the influence of forces and the influences of finite elements in a design. According to a General Electric survey, 60 percent of manufactured parts errors were related to incomplete, ambiguous or impossible drafts - problems easily corrected with the support of software like AutoCAD.

Design Production and Troubleshooting

At the earliest stages of a design project, mechanical engineers can use AutoCAD to start sketching ideas and analyzing them to determine the best solution for a given problem. The software makes the process quick and easy; it eliminates the need to draw new blueprints for each version of an idea and simplifies redesigns. The software additionally helps interpret these designs, locating flaws, errors and inconsistencies the mechanical engineer might miss. Alternatively, the mechanical engineer can use AutoCAD to determine the source of a malfunction in an existing product by putting in the specifications and allowing the software to find the problem, allowing the engineer to be more efficient by going straight to the problem and finding a fix.



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FAQ

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What AutoCAD does Mechanical Engineering use? | Yahoo Answers

That completely depends on your school.
In current mechanical design jobs, skills are often required in Inventor or MEP. Straight AutoCAD (2D or 3D) is less likely to get you in the door other than as a clue to your ability to learn CAD programs..

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which is the best stage to study auto cad for mechanical engineering students? | Yahoo Answers

I had to study autocad in the first year of the Mech. Engineering program. We only briefly went over it though, because we mostly worked with CATIA or SOLIDWORKS in order to create 3D objects.

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