The Rise of CAD Software


Before the mainstream use of CAD software, designing your ideal kitchen was very much more of a hit and miss affair.  Now designers can use the actual dimensions of your room and create a vision, down to the smallest detail, of how you would like it to look. Cabinet style, appliances, colours, materials and even accessories can be switched in and out with a few minutes spent at the keyboard.

What is produced is an accurate 3d presentation of how the room will look when it is complete and the gallery on Autokitchen provides clear examples of just how detailed these images are.

CAD software can be put to good use whatever type of kitchen you have in mind, from a traditional shaker style look through to a luxury modern design such as Gaggenau by Nicholas Anthony.

How and why then has CAD software had such an impact on the design field?

It Cuts Down Costs

Particularly when changes to the infrastructure of a room are called for, alongside a new design, CAD software can help eliminate costly mistakes. Architects and designers now have the ability to test the tolerances and stress factors of a building or a design feature before the first builder is even on site.

In addition, with the rise of 3d printing, CAD software can even be used in conjunction with this to create quickly a prototype of a design feature or even a model of the design as a whole. This is not yet mainstream, but it is likely to be the next evolution in design. Imagine being able to see a detailed model of your kitchen before work has even begun, at a fraction of the price it would have cost to create something like this in the past.

Productivity and Speed to Final Build

When CAD software is installed your designer has a wealth of modifiable templates at their command. From this they can alter almost any detail within the kitchen and quickly render the new look so that changes can be made to your satisfaction on the fly. Old school line drawings simply didn’t pack this punch, aside from the fact that they often took several days to reproduce after every amendment.

Once you have decided on the final look, your designer can let you view it from a number of different perspectives. Traditional line drawings, colour elevations, a 3d perspective and final full HD.

That is only the first piece in the puzzle however. Once the design is complete the software now holds a database of all the information needed for the manufacturing process. This will take the design through to final build in a much shorter period and, let’s be honest when we are having a new kitchen installed speed is of the essence. The less time we have project managers and builders on site the better for our sanity and our bank balance.

Client Designer Partnership

The increase in popularity of design programmes on television, and the fact that there are now literally dozens of interior design magazines in publication, makes it clear that people today are much better informed about design styles. Consequently we are all much more proactive and to a large extent confident about we want to see in the designs of our own homes.

Sometimes we have to work with the skeleton of the building but that’s where the limitations end, as we employ architects and designers to alter almost every other aspect of the house that doesn’t meet our needs. This means that we all want to have more input at every stage of the design process and this would probably not have been possible before the advent of CAD software.







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