Mechanical English

Think like a machinist when creating solid models

Until the early 1990s, solid-modeling software was so expensive that only the largest companies could afford it. The software was difficult to use and its steep learning curve often deterred designers from making the switch from drafting boards or 2D programs to 3D. But today, programs are affordable and easier to use. Most designers and engineers learn solid modeling in colleges or technical schools and then launch into the business world to start designing machines and components.