Since its introduction over 60 years ago, CAD has revolutionized how designers work by introducing efficiency, precision, and version control to the design process. Above all, CAD tools have made it easier for designers to collaborate compared to working together on hand drawn drafts.
Of course, expectations surrounding what constitutes “good collaboration” are constantly evolving. Decades ago, a team of designers would’ve considered taking turns at a CAD workstation a productive exercise in teamwork. Today, we operate in a world of remote working, real-time collaboration across geographies through virtual conferencing, and rapid version control on shared projects through tools like Google Docs.
We have higher standards for our collaborative efforts, and the world of CAD is no exception. Indeed, CAD use and collaboration across various industries will be driven by the following trends.