computer aided design
- noun (written as computer-aided design)the use of computers and graphics terminals to help a designer in his or her work.
- (written as computer-aided design)The use of computer technology to analyze, design or model a building or system. Allows for greater efficiency and consistency, faster reproduction, and easier alteration than traditional methods. See also computer-aided design and drafting.
- (written as computer-aided design)The use of computer hardware and software to design models and products. high resolution monitors are combined with powerful CPUs and sophisticated software, to enable the design of anything from ICs to airplanes. Such systems allow users to view and manipulate objects in two or three dimensions, using outlines or solid shapes, while keeping track of and updating any changes which affect other components of the object, among many other available functions. Its acronym is CAD.
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- noun (written as computer-aided design)the use of a computer and graphics terminal to help a designer in his or her work.
- noun the use of a computer and sophisticated graphics software to design products, e.g. by an architect.