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CAD on society Before computers there were hands and tools Before hands and tools there were just hands Humans have always been designing and throughout human history drafting is what became of it With new technology in building during the earlier years drafting needed to be changed to accommodate it Humans have always been able to find better ways to accomplish things Drafting is no different Before people used tools to draw something they went to what we call now a General Contractor with an idea and he had to come up with the rest After a while the contractors wanted more Just an idea wasnt enough for them Their clients sometimes wouldnt like what they had built for them So eventually the contractors asked the clients to tell them exactly what they wanted Since it was hard to sketch accurately tools were developed to aid them in drawing This enabled the client to show the contractor exactly what he wanted As the population grew rapidly the demands for faster and more accurate plans did also Once again drafters looked for a new way to draw They decided to turn to the computer In the 1950s MIT discovered the capability to display a computer-generated image on the screen Zandi 5 Up until the mid to late 1970s drafters used this technology just for mathematical calculations Goetsch 23 Then they discovered that the computer could be used to display more than just numbers They found that they could use it to draw on It wasnt until the early 1980s that this new technology caught on Goetsch 23 Drafters found that using computers was much quicker more accurate and much neater than hand drawn plans They had found their solution Computer Aided Drafting and Design or CADD Now that CADD has found it way into drafting it has been improving upon drafting greatly over the past 20 years Today nearly all firms use CAD Friedman It has
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