CAD or computer-aided Design is used for 2D Design and 3D modelling. This can be used to modify a particular design, analyse its behavioural structure, create a design from scratch, and summarise the usage and features of that Design. Modelling can be done based on that Design. CAD can even help in manufacturing that product.
CAD is vastly used in architectural designs and engineering. This gives precise information about the productivity, processes and manufacturing cost. Thus, it is very much used in every design aspect.
CAD can be used in designing timber windows and doors. Even it can represent a 3D model of that Design. Thus, it helps the architectures and engineers to understand if the model is fit for production and installation.
Designing a Timber Window with CAD:
Engineering drawing is one of the essential parts of Design and development. As such, it explores the top, bottom and side views of a particular product. But it is on paper; even with specific markings and calculations, it cannot explain if the Design will be effective.
With CAD, the calculation and the Design can be pretty accurate. It insists on different kinds of metals, different Designs, different effects and different placement. Thus, a timber window model will have to satisfy some particular criteria for it to be manufactured. For a specific design of a house, different kinds and shapes of doors and windows are used. And to cope up with that, different styles of windows can be designed.
With different parts of the house, different kinds of windows are designed. For instance, a bedroom has a different sort of window than a kitchen. For a bedroom, the windows have to be very ventilated, and for a kitchen, it has to have more sunlight through them.
With this, the material of that window also varies. Kitchen windows need to be humidity resistant. And thus, with that in mind, windows are designed differently. But for to be an architectural appeal, all the windows have to have the same effect.
All of this can be designed by CAD. They can be very specific and will save a lot of production costs.
With timber designs, the most important thing to be considered is the timber itself. CAD involves computational calculations and geometry; this can help to design and redesigning a wood-framed window.
Now that we specified how computer-aided Design could be used let’s see how the program works. There are several steps while designing a timber framed window.
Designing a Timber Framed Window with AutoCAD:
- A primary window starts and works within three steps. A plan, elevation and sections.
- For the plan, check units first. Make sure they are in millimetres. Check out the drafting settings in AutoCAD and make sure that the object snapsare on.
- Draw a rectangle circulating the outer side of the timber frame. Another rectangle, with the inner area of that frame.
- Now in the midpoint of the rectangles, divide them into two sides.
- Get an offset on the inside of the window frames. And draw a line in between them. It’s just the rectangle of the frame. Draw the same on the opposite side as well.
- Now there’ll be another rectangle in the middle of the two divided parts. They’ll be of the same height. These are the elevated parts of the window.
- In the elevated frame, draw a line, dividing them in the middle. Two offset points and also joining them. They represent the inner frame.
- The middle pointrepresents the glass.
- Now for the elevating part, you’ve got to draw a ground that represents the window opening.
- The elevation part has a fixed slide and hinges part. Slide and hinge show the way for the wooden windows to move. For the hinge, you need to select a midpoint for the window to move along.
- From the lower height of the window to the floor is sill, and from the highest point of the window to the floor is called the hid height.
- For the section, you need the height of the inner and outer frame and choose an appropriate width. This will give them a section.
With auto CAD, the drawing is more like an engineering drawing. It is more defining the calculation and the Design.
AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, SketchUp etc., the software can also be used to design a timber window.
Advantages of the CAD design:
Proper calculation: for accurate estimates, motion and static situation analysis, CAD has a better output.
Requirement identification: this can also optimize the manufacturing and mechanical requirements of the product.
3D Design: one can create multibody modelling and also calculating the mass of the body.
Less wastage: with the perfect Length of timber, the wastage is relatively minimal.
Customizations: this becomes easy with CAD. Thus, you can decide from an extensive range of profiles.
With such advantages, CAD is very much helpful and up to date with the designs and technology. Timber Windows designing and executing is significantly easier with CAD.