CEAD FAQ



Who can benefit from CEAD & this methodology?

Engineering teams dealing with mechanical products which have new or productive derivative development, especially in the heavy engineering, automotive, aerospace & defence &  industrial industries.


What is Constraint Driven Engineering Design Synthesis?

Constraint Driven Engineering Design Synthesis is a methodology where a mechanism is created and refined iteratively based on functional and operational requirements defined as constraints.  Once the mechanism is determined, the geometry of the mechanism is generated as a “consequence” of play of the use-case definitions (also called configurations) and mathematical functions.


What can CEAD do?

CEAD is a first level computer aided software tool that an engineer would use to sketch multiple concepts. CEAD is then used to synthesize the geometry of the mechanism by imposing functional requirements as math constraints to be fulfilled on the design. CEAD simulation can be used to quickly assess practicality of a design concept. 


How are CEAD and Constraint Driven Engineering Design Synthesis methodology related?

CEAD leverages Constraint Driven Engineering Design Synthesis  to shorten design cycles and thus time to market. It enables engineers to use their engineering skills and experience in design evaluation and not impose serious software skills in using tools.


Why is a new bottom up design methodology and tool required?

Today, engineers use iterative methods and mulitple tools to achieve the desired design goals which can be time consuming and non-optimal.  The new methodology and CEAD together provide a superior solution compared to a brute force iterative method because it encapsulates all the customer needs into the problem at one go. A single tool that can integrate math and geometry shortens design cycle time by reducing iterations and design re-spins.


Why 2D?

  • At the conceptual stage many design ideas need to be evaluated
  • 2d is a natural choice like sketching on paper.
  • 2d sketch is faster & simpler
  • 3d design can be expensive
  • Investing in 3d at the beginning might commit one to a particular design idea


What are the System Requirements to run CEAD?

  • Windows 8 / Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
  • .Net Framework 4
  • 1.8 GHz Processor or more
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended with 64 bit systems)
  • 3 button mouse with scrolls wheel





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