Computer-aided design (CAD) is an integral part of Forma’s medical device design process. We use both SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer (depending on individual client preferences) to quickly bring ideas sketched on paper into digital form, in both solid and surface models. At the early stages of design development we employ an iterative process that entails going back and forth between sketch and CAD in order to quickly think through design and mechanical problems.
Basic CAD models are often used as templates from which soft foam models or other rapid prototypes are made. Models developed in CAD also form the basis for computer-generated photo-realistic renderings of medical device concepts.