Computer-Aided Design or CAD is a software which is commonly used by engineers, construction professionals and designers to draft technical outlines and designs. While drafting a design plan, the models can be either three-dimensional or two-dimensional when created with the help of CAD software, that helps in saving time. Professionals and designers use AutoCAD, which is a part of CAD software to create technical outlines for disparate projects like architecture, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction.

CAD Drafting:

Drafting is a process of outlining technical plans and drawings which demonstrate the working of the models. A drafter is a person who drafts various design plans. CAD drafting is a medium of creating 2-D or 3-D models with the help of CAD software rather than creating detailed design plans by hands. A CAD drafter can design various models ranging from small toys, microchips to designing of spaceships and appliances. 

On comparing visual drawing and CAD drafting, drafting is far much better as it intends to signify only a particular result, which is prepared with clear measurements and symbols, while visual drawing is an open representation of artistic interpretation.

The process of drafting consists of both diagramming and sketching. AutoCAD software aids in providing a clear picture of the design plans and changes them into either 2-D or 3-D models.

CAD software is mostly used by:

  • Civil engineers 
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Structural engineers 
  • Architects

Various industries use design plans that are created by CAD drafters which include:

  • Architecture
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Computer products

What is the function of CAD drafters?

CAD drafters can build disparate model designs. They can select the designing tools for drafting as per their specialized fields such as civil, architecture, electronics, electrical or mechanical drafting. With the help of CAD software, these drafters can easily create either 2-D or 3-D models and pre-constructive sketches of maps and buildings that consists of bridges and dams, highways, layouts of mechanical or machinery devices and diagrams of circuitry and assembly.


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