There was once a time where digitally designing a motorcycle, creating a robotic prosthetic or using 3D software to simulate a human heart was unthinkable. But through the constant evolution of CAD software, those dreams have become reality.
As CAD technology continues to evolve, new opportunities emerge to change the way multiple industries solve problems. It’s natural to think of certain things when CAD is mentioned. CAD got its start designing buildings, products and working models, but that’s only the beginning. CAD has the potential to change large industries across the world (and already is!).
Now, little can stand in the way of CAD innovation. Increasingly, the only real limit on what you can do in CAD is your imagination. Check out how designers around the world are pushing the limits of 3D software.
CAD Is Saving The Environment
The truth is that there are only a limited amount of natural resources that reside within the earth. That is forcing carmakers to think outside the box and develop truly innovative products.
Riversimple has designed a new hydrogen fuel cell-powered car with the help of cloud-based CAD software. The company’s mission is to create a new wave of personal transportation that has zero impact on the planet, a goal that CAD helped achieve.
Cloud-based CAD software was used to manufacture the electrical systems and wiring harnesses of the vehicle. The company admits that using this type of software was a new experience, but appreciated the flexibility CAD software offered for their project. Check out the full story here.
Shaking Up The Motorcycle Industry
Harley Davidson, one of the biggest motorcycle brands in the world, was looking to change their industry by being the first to create an electric bike. The challenge was to create an electric bike that upheld the same look and sound so highly coveted by Harley fans.
To accomplish this goal, Harley had to use the latest design and manufacturing technology. As for the design aspect, Harley naturally chose to use CAD to realize their vision for the product.
Given that this was a groundbreaking innovation within the industry, a significant amount of testing was required. Through the use of 3D printing, Harley was able to test the tolerances, proportions and other attributes of prototype parts to finalize the bike.
Creating A Robotic Solution
Unfortunately in the medical world, prosthetic limbs can run up to $80,000, a solution that’s not feasible for some that live with disability. The solution? A Colorado teenager self-taught in 3D modeling built a robotic prosthetic arm for himself for only $1,000.
His creative use of CAD has landed him national attention, not to mention an internship with NASA, and a live demonstration of his creation at the White House.
It’s Never Too Late To Make A Difference
Matt Rifenburg, despite personal health problems, had the determination to become a skilled CAD user. He started using CAD in his thirties, but he’s a fast learner: Matt is now using the software to create systems, parts and layouts for a particle accelerator!
Matt’s CAD expertise was able to aid several scientific experiments, including:
- Vacuum chamber design for undulator magnets.
- Magnet support structures for steering magnets.
- Large scale accelerator models for laboratory space.
Breathing New Life Into The Healthcare Industry
One problem that has plagued patients with heart disease is the evasive and often risky medical procedures that are necessary to uncover more information. Now, through the use of 3D technology, Dassault Systemes has created the first 3D simulated heart.
The goal is to use this technology to more effectively diagnose, treat and prevent heart conditions by providing patients with personalized 3D heart models that doctors can study. CAD isn’t just for making better structures; it’s also now for making healthier humans.
As CAD technology evolves, more innovations like those listed above will become reality. Which ones are you most excited about?
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