According to http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_Does_CAD_Stand_for, CAD stands for computer aided design. Remember in the last post, I told you it seemed like a fancy 3D sonogram of our baby, "Cindi." (Pregnant women or new families will know what I'm talking about here. Sonograms have gotten fan-cey!!)
Now, to how this will help all of you, who like us, are not engineers, just people who cannot stop thinking! You don't have to actually build your product! You do not have to be a talented artist, sculptor, builder or producer of anything, really...That is the job of the engineer!
The way Jordan and I conveyed our vision to the engineer is we actually took pieces from already existing items that would be needed for Cindi. Jordan demolished several items to get key pieces together. (Note: We spend a lot of down time looking at items to see how they are built now! Who would have ever thought, knowing us!?) I then videotaped her showing how everything in our minds would work. The engineer loved it, and best of all, his wife loved it! (A future customer right there?)
From that videotape, the engineers were able to start working on the "CAD."
Once, Jordan sees the CAD she believes is the right design, the prototype will be built from that design. I guess you could say it's like a seamstress needing a pattern before she can sew the dress!
Well, if you are a seasoned pro when it comes to seeing your inventions put on infomercials or store showrooms, this article was probably like reading Dick and Jane. If you, like we were before this began, wondering how to even start, I hope this helps!
Remember, don't freak out thinking you need to design and build your invention! You need to be able to explain or show your idea to an engineer! They then work with you to make sure it is doable (the reason I stated we didn't spend money yet on the patent.)
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