Engineers use CAD software and 3D technology to innovate and manufacture new products each day. As the technology continues to advance, engineering professionals are beginning to explore design applications in nearly every industry.
Below, we outline three innovative CAD designs introduced by forward-thinking leaders in the aircraft, medical and food service industries.
1. Your Dinner
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has started experimenting with 3D-printed foods, such as pizza, pasta and chocolate. 3D printing may present the future of healthy eating, as printed foods can be tailored based on an individual’s genetic makeup, physiological state, or lifestyle. Looking forward, engineers hope to further develop this technology to address and solve issues, such as nutrition and world hunger.
3D food printers have been making their way into commercial kitchens and bakeries, as recent innovations have made it possible to print, cook and serve food. With this technology, engineers believe they have the ability to improve nutritional value of meals, enhance dish presentation and deliver affordable food to impoverished communities.
2. Buildings and Structures
Recent developments in CAD software and 3D printing are shedding new light on the architecture industry. Today, more architects are leveraging CAD and 3D technologies to reduce design time and enhance the quality of models to help clients better visualize designs.
Rietveld Architects LLP previously built models by hand, which required two employees and upwards of two months to assemble. To reduce time spent building architectural models without compromising quality, the company began to explore 3D technology.
While redesigning a building at Inholland University in the Netherlands, Reitveld used an Objet 3D Printer to develop a complex model, which included a suspended auditorium, an open scissor staircase and a designate study area. By leveraging 3D technology, the company was able to design and create a precise model in a matter of hours using only one employee.
Professionals in the dental industry are also turning to CAD and 3D technologies to produce models and simplify procedures. Aside from 3D printing dental equipment, dentists are leveraging the technology to expand digital workflows and to build custom crowns, inlays and implants.
For example, a dental center in Ann Arbor was among the first to use CAD/CAM technology to design and produce dental parts. While manual production of dental parts is time consuming and less reliable, the company realized higher cost savings, shortened processing times and maintained high quality standards with 3D technology.
The company now uses a fully digital workflow to process scans, produce restorations and print 3D models with greater precision. With high-speed manufacturing capabilities, professionals in the dental industry will be able to offer top quality patient care while controlling costs and streamlining procedure planning.
Have an Innovative Idea? Create It With the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit
The SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit can help you take your designs from paper to your screen. The kit includes essential CAD tools and software that allow you to design and print with ease. You’ll also receive the SpaceMouse Enterprise, CadMouse, CadMouse Pad, a twin-port USB hub and the 3DxWare 10 software driver to help you bring your 3D designs to life.
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