Dept of Mech. Engg.IV Sem Mech.
Hardware in CAD
The configuration of a CAD system is as shown aboveThe input devices can be keyboard, mouse, lightpen, digitizer, scanners, etc., while outputdevices may be printer, plotter, etc. Secondary storage devices such as tapes, discs,floppies, pen drives, portable hard disks, etc. helps in taking the backup of drawing. TheCPU is the main controlling part of the entire CAD system. For a CAD system the processor should be fast enough to handle huge amount of data to carry out complexmathematical calculations.
The CAD workstation is the system interface with the outside world. It provides a modeto communicate with the computer. The workstation must accomplish five functions:1.it must interface with the central processing unit2.it must generate a steady graphic image for the user 3.it must provide digital descriptions of the graphic image4.it must translate computer commands in to operating functionsit must facilitate communication between the user and the system
The Graphics Terminal:
The graphic terminals available today generally use the cathode ray tube (CRT) as thedisplay device. The graphic terminals are available in different sizes.
Compiled by NSY Page
MDD- Chapter 9