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5 Advantages of Using CAD for Furniture Manufacture

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What is CAD?

CAD, otherwise referred to as Computer-Aided Design is no new form of technology, in fact it has been around and used frequently to make bespoke furniture products over the past decade. CAD is a process of using computer software in order to create models of products virtually. There are many different types of CAD software available, for a wide range of uses and purposes.

Businesses from different industries including manufacturing have identified many benefits of using CAD software, to generally speed up general processes & waste less time creating hand-drawn designs and models. 

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Top 5 Advantages 

1.Saves Time 

The product development industry can be quite competitive. Therefore, engineers who can effectively use CAD software in a particular organisation can work more efficiently, creating models and design prototypes for a range of furniture products in a fraction of the time that it would take to do manually. And as a result, getting ahead of competitors and gaining that advantage.

Complex elements to the design processes are made easier using this particular software. It is easier to create new models based on existing models to create the same effects, however taking a lot less time.

2. Reduces Costs 

Using CAD software can also reduce costs. There are many intricate design processes which can add up over time with increasing costs. However, using computer-aided design software allows users to design, test, and create prototypes of products with less man hours and reducing labour costs. 

The specific costs of using CAD software can vary depending on the different features that are required. If a company purchases CAD software that allows a multi-user license there is the potential to multitask across departments, increasing collaboration between departments and ensuring the most effective workflow.

3. Increases Productivity 

Productivity comes with efficiency, saving time whilst increasing output and the quality should be a goal close to the heart of any furniture organisation. Modifying existing designs rather than having to create from scratch each time allows furniture manufacturers to produce parts more quickly and saves repetitive tasks increasing production time substantially while still making more variations of the final product.

Simulations can be run with CAD software allowing engineers to preview how a part or panel will fit together or work with another. These digital processes compared to manual calculations drastically reduce prototyping time.

4. Higher Quality 

CAD software can generate a range of aesthetically pleasing designs and finished products besides having added functionality and time-saving advantages. Advanced and complex products can be created, and with higher accuracy and error reduction, the final product will be cheaper to produce and a higher quality overall.

5. Integrations with CAM

If you have a background and experience in design, learning the CAD software can be relatively simple. Most designers, engineers and developers can pick up the software in a short amount of time, depending on the type of courses available. Learning how to produce, test and output their designs to machines that will produce the product part.

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CAD software can be linked to CAM machinery, therefore the designs can be sent directly to create the finished product based on the design. The speed that an organisation can quickly determine how to improve a product’s quality during its rapid development will therefore result in making the end product have fewer costly flaws to correct. 

At Alexander Cleghorn, we use the latest technology in CAD/CAM applications. These applications are used to both design a product and control the programmed manufacturing processes, more specifically automating CNC machining and finishing operations.