If you’re an Inventor and your taking on the patent process you should familiarize yourself with CAD the first opportunity you get. The reason for this is that CAD is used within every aspect of the patent process as well as creating the prototype, manufacturing, and several others. So how does CAD work exactly? Well, CAD 3D models contain information that can be translated by machines within manufacturing, and assist them by creating the instructions they require to build whatever product it may be.
They are used with everything from glass, plastic, injection molds, CNC, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and wood just to name a few. Everything you see around you today that has been manufactured is more than likely the spawn of a CAD 3D model. Have you ever heard of the term rapid prototype and asked yourself what exactly is that?