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CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by JR. - Department of Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University Emory W. Zimmers,, Mikell P. Groover

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Chapter 4Fundamentals of CAD

4.1Introduction

The computer has grown to become essential in the operations of business, government, the military, engineering, and research. It has also demonstrated itself, especially in recent years, to be a very powerful tool in design and manufacturing. In this and the following two chapters, we consider the application of computer technology to the design of a product. This chapter provides an overview of computer-aided design. Chapter 5 is concerned with the hardware components used in a CAD system. Chapter 6 describes some of the graphics software used for computer-aided design.

The CAD system defined

As defined in Chapter 1, computer-aided design involves any type of design activity which makes use of ...

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