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(EN) 60 Years of CAD Infographic: The History of CAD since 1957

  • The computer aided design landscape has been shifting and evolving for 60 years, and will continue for 60 more. Is your digital catalog future-proof?

    60 Years ago the “Father of CAD,” Dr. Patrick Hanratty created the first numerical control system, which would later become Computer Aided Design or CAD. The precision, versatility and edit-ability of CAD designs revolutionized the engineering, architecture and manufacturing landscape. The importance of CAD cannot be understated.


    (Source: partsolutions.com)

    While the History of CAD closely parallels the “History of the Computer,” there have been many innovations and iterations along the way. With it’s introduction in 1957, it was still decades ahead of small and affordable computers which could run the software. Pencil and paper would remain the primary way “draftsman” would create designs for another 30 years. But the groundwork was laid for things to come, CAD software would become a fundamental tool for nearly every industry.

    The idea of CAD has grown from simple 2D designs into complex, multi-layered 3D structures with kinematic-movement and detailed meta-data. Similarly, the CADENAS Electronic Product Catalog has paralleled innovations in the CAD industry. The eCATALOGsolutions platform is continually evolving to provide native formats as soon as they are available, often times before they are publicly available. Whether you launch your CADENAS Electronic Product Catalog in 2001, 2017 or 2027, all of the CAD models you provide your clients with will remain backward compatible and “future-proof.”

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