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Customization Drives Complexity - Why It's Hard to Design, Sell, and Produce
It seems counterintuitive, but the process of selling, designing, and producing what appear to be

cad ratings  customer-specific requirements. By developing CAD product models that incorporate design rules and flexibility, the order-specific design work can be more easily automated. For example, the number and spacing of the grids in a window should be calculated based on the window dimensions, as should the number and location of the window latches. If three-dimensional CAD models are used for these calculations, the engineering automation can also include the dynamic generation of production-ready drawings and

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