Digitally Mastered: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum's Collection November 22, 2006 – November 27, 2007 The Dorothy B. and Lewis Cullman Architecture and Design Gallery, third floor Technological innovation is a driving force in design. As software, hardware, and computer-aided manufacturing evolve, designers adopt these powerful tools to realize designs that at one time would have remained mere fantasy. In their exploration of entirely new forms, designers are responding closely and efficiently to people's needs and desires. Contemporary designers draft complex geometric forms using 2D and 3D modeling software, a process known as computer-aided design (CAD). These virtual designs are then translated by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) hardware to produce the material object. CAM first appeared in the automotive and aerospace industries in the 1960s, but is now widely used to produce a range of objects, from industrial parts to entire buildings. Computer numerical control (CNC) machines, an example of CAM
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