Chapter 5Hardware in Computer-Aided Design
Chapter 4 provided a general survey of computer-aided design. In the present chapter we examine the various hardware components that make up a modern CAD system.
Hardware components for computer-aided design are available in a variety of sizes, configurations, and capabilities. Hence it is possible to select a CAD system that meets the particular computational and graphics requirements of the user firm. Engineering firms that are not involved in production would choose a system exclusively for drafting and design-related functions. Manufacturing firms would choose a system to be part of a company-wide CAD/CAM system. Of course, the CAD hardware is of little value without the supporting ...