What Lies In the Future of Mechanical Design Industry

Interesting Engineering | April 07, 2020

Since the invention of CAD software, mechanical design has been revolutionized to its core. However, there are quite a lot of things about the process that are rather rudimentary. We still have to manually input constraints for parts that may seem obvious. We can still make one minor mistake that can corrupt our whole model. Software is becoming smarter and smarter, but for the most part, the mechanical engineer is still where the innovation and the skill lies. What happens though, when programs become generative; when the mechanical engineer’s office dissolves and design moves into the future? Let’s take a deeper look. CAD programs, the foundation of mechanical design, we’re largely pushed forward by innovative code and programming. That has done wonders for the programs’ abilities, but it also means that CAD has evolved into a largely keyboard-oriented skill. Given that this is commonplace, you may not find anything odd about this fact.

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Extracker to showcase innovative COR communication platform at ENR FutureTech

Extracker | June 03, 2022

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eInfochips | June 15, 2022

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