There can be little doubt that advances in computer technology will increasingly have major implications for the role of engineers. One recent survey indicated that only 4% of UK drawing offices currently use computer-aided design facilities while predicted market growth was put at 45% per annum until 1988. This article sketches out some preliminary ideas on how computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM), may change the role of the engineer. There is little systematic data on the diffusion of CAD and CAD/CAM in British industry, let alone the implications of these technologies for the engineer. This article weighs the evidence and suggests that the implications of current technological changes for the engineer may be far more indeterminant.
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|CME. Chartered Mechanical Engineer
|Published - Mar 1985