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March 1, 2009

SketchCAD

A team of engineers at Carnegie Mellon University has developed software that supports creation of 3D designs by sketching on a tablet computer. The SketchCAD software is intended to give users more creative freedom and a shorter learning curve. Future users of SketchCAD may include physicians planning surgeries as well as mechanical engineers designing products such as cars.

Some industry experts have pointed out that tablet input devices for CAD were first introduced in the 1960s, but were eventually replaced by the ubiquitous mouse. According to Levent Burak Kara, one of the project leaders, this is a new take on an old tool. "The idea is to empower engineers and designers with tools that are already familiar to them and are the most natural for the task."

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 1, 2009 3:59 PM
category: Design & Engineering

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