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Computer-aided Design and Drafting

Computer-aided Design and Drafting
Not having to re-invent the wheel in computer-aided design and drafting is a foundation for business innovation.

Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) refers to creating designs and schematics in a software environment used to manufacture products. It is, by no means, a new technology. Digitalized design and drafting for production has increased productivity in design compared to drafting with paper and a pencil. 

However, the world of computer-aided design and drafting doesn’t stand still. New challenges, often but not only, driven by mega trends like digital transformation or globalization, arise.

Making operational excellence the standard in computer-aided design and drafting is key as future business success relies more than ever on innovative design ideas that get created in specialized, dispersed teams. Not having to re-invent the wheel as well as seamless collaboration between teams (design teams or as part of the design for manufacturing and assembly process) is a foundation for business innovation.

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Computer-aided Design and Drafting
Not having to re-invent the wheel in computer-aided design and drafting is a foundation for business innovation.

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

Powerful solid and surface modeling tools

NX Core Designer

Just want what you need? NX Core Designer comes as a cloud application and allows you to design mechanical parts and assemblies with Synchronous Technology to combine the best of both parametric and direct modeling to provide greater versatility and product design flexibility. No heavy core with features that never get used. Just what is needed for effective collaboration along the supply chain.

CADD Templates

CADD Templates

Not every product variant must be designed from scratch

A design-from-scratch modeling approach is labor- and cost-intensive. In a mass customization world, this might not be the most effective way in computer-aided design and drafting. Some product variants only differ in color. Others might just need variations in material used for indoor and outdoor versions of a product. Others require more distinct changes but are built on the same foundation.



Creating templates from existing designs and easily re-use them for new designs accelerates design and standardizes product design processes. Especially, when product and manufacturing information, drawings, motion analysis, structural simulation, and validation checking is incorporated into the templates. In such a template-based modeling approach, designers can use existing models of components and transform them into what is needed. This does not only result in a reduced time-to-customer because the number of changes made to resolve product variant integration issues decreases, but it also allows design engineers to focus on innovation instead of repetitive manual work.

Not every product variant must be designed from scratch

A design-from-scratch modeling approach is labor- and cost-intensive. In a mass customization world, this might not be the most effective way in computer-aided design and drafting. Some product variants only differ in color. Others might just need variations in material used for indoor and outdoor versions of a product. Others require more distinct changes but are built on the same foundation.



Creating templates from existing designs and easily re-use them for new designs accelerates design and standardizes product design processes. Especially, when product and manufacturing information, drawings, motion analysis, structural simulation, and validation checking is incorporated into the templates. In such a template-based modeling approach, designers can use existing models of components and transform them into what is needed. This does not only result in a reduced time-to-customer because the number of changes made to resolve product variant integration issues decreases, but it also allows design engineers to focus on innovation instead of repetitive manual work.

Team collaboration in computer-aided design and drafting

CADD in the Cloud

CADD in the Cloud

Working with several internal teams as well as with vendors is often the only way to manage large-scale projects in computer-aided design and drafting. However, teams that split up the overall design process into smaller, more specialized tasks often find it challenging not to get overwhelmed by communication and sharing or making an up-to-date project status accessible across multiple offices, geographies, and time zones.

Efficient collaboration, secure file sharing and keeping the IT infrastructure as simplistic as possible are aspects to consider when working in distributed teams. CADD collaboration in a cloud environment can be the answer to those challenges. Access to CAD files that are stored in the cloud can happen from anywhere across the planet making sure that the most recent version is available and is as easy as logging into a private email account with all the security guarantees that cloud vendors offer and keep up-to-date.

CADD in the Cloud

Working with several internal teams as well as with vendors is often the only way to manage large-scale projects in computer-aided design and drafting. However, teams that split up the overall design process into smaller, more specialized tasks often find it challenging not to get overwhelmed by communication and sharing or making an up-to-date project status accessible across multiple offices, geographies, and time zones.

Efficient collaboration, secure file sharing and keeping the IT infrastructure as simplistic as possible are aspects to consider when working in distributed teams. CADD collaboration in a cloud environment can be the answer to those challenges. Access to CAD files that are stored in the cloud can happen from anywhere across the planet making sure that the most recent version is available and is as easy as logging into a private email account with all the security guarantees that cloud vendors offer and keep up-to-date.

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2D & 3D CAD Modeling

2D & 3D CAD Modelling

2D & 3D CAD Modelling is made up of powerful features that allow you to build a custom solution. NX combines wireframe, surface, solid, parametric, and direct modeling in a single modeling software solution that allows you to choose the best tool for the task at-hand.