Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing


Architects, engineers or even fashion designers, once upon a time, had to design/draw an object only on physical mediums such as paper. This was tedious to create, manage and share with others for collaboration.  However, since the development of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), these professionals can use digital tools for their designs.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) involves using software applications to create, modify, analyse, and optimise a design. These may include schematic diagrams, technical layout and building architecture. CAD can produce 2D and 3D designs, which can be used for 3D printing of prototypes, and essential parts and provide data for production runs.

Career and Industry Opportunities
With the aid of CAD, professionals can produce better designs, improve communications through documentation, and build databases for construction, production, and manufacturing. For example, professionals in the construction industry use CAD to design blueprints of buildings. This is known as Building Information Modelling (BIM). It makes it easier to adjust and make corrections to the design when necessary, unlike the traditional medium of drawing on paper.

CAD is also used with 3D printing by professionals in several fields. Other industries where CAD is used include Film, Media, and Education. It is also used by Architects, Product Designers, Fabricators, Filmmakers, Educators, Urban and Regional planning professionals.

Industry Education Programmes to Get Started
You can get the skills required from the learning resources of the following technology companies:


Autodesk makes software products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction...

Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is an infrastructure engineering software company that provide innovative software...

Dassault Systems

Dassault Systèmes develops software for 3D product design, simulation, manufacturing and other 3D...
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Competitions and Project Opportunities

  • Bentley Systems Digital Twin Design Challenge: This is a competition for students globally to submit their innovative projects. Voting takes place for the most creative projects. Learn more.

  • Formula Student Projects: It is a competition where University students compete in engineering challenges for Formula SAE®, Baja SAE, SAE Aero Design etc. Learn more.

  • Autodesk WorldSkills: It is a global competition for vocational skills in various disciplines. Learn more.

Internship, Job and Business Opportunities
See companies and innovation opportunities in industrial & Manufacturing, Film, Media and Publishing, and Higher Education on the Industry portal.

Are you interested in a training on this programmes? You can join the next cohort of students who will develop their skills, work on projects, and connect to work opportunities in this industry programme.