The intention of this book is to describe principles, methods and tools that are common to computer applications for design tasks, independent of a particular product. It does not present cookbook recipes on how to select a commercially available CAD system for this purpose. When we consider CAD as a discipline lying somewhere between engineering and computer science, the tendency towards generalization inevitably leads us to emphasize the computer aspects. But the book is primarily for engineers who plan to work in CAD or who already do. They will recognize experiences they may have had, placed in a more general context. They should also find useful ideas which they can put into practice in their own environment. The book is also intended for students who want to give themselves a broader fundamental background in CAD.
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