This is a post by Emma Rudeck on the Concurrent Engineering Site.

From humble beginnings to advanced CAD technology, product design tools have come a long way. The tools now used in product design have developed significantly to the sketches and drawings first used by designers. In this blog post, we’ll look at how product design tool have changed and the impact this has had on product development process.


It wasn’t so long ago that all new product designs started life in the minds of solitary inventors. Often, this would be a solitary venture, with no real external input. These inventors would sketch their ideas, but only some had the means to turn these sketches into final products.

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