Chapter 2. Product development and computer aided design

Work undertaken by a drawing office will vary considerably with different branches of industry. Generally, work of a ’design and make’ nature will follow a plan which sets out stages in development from the time a potential client makes an enquiry until the completed product is delivered. The function of the product will dictate many of the associated activities.

A vehicle manufacturer will not design and make all of the parts used but subcontract components from specialists. The engine incorporates electrical and mechanical components and these need to conform to agreed upon specifications. They must also be designed for installation in specified areas and be suitable for operation in ...

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