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Summary form only given. The obvious advantage of computer aided design (CAD) software in computational design is instant feedback and visualization of device geometry. CAD can also dramatically reduce the learning curve for new codes and allow rapid turnaround during iterative design. This presentation will demonstrate how the use of CAD for geometrical input in computational design codes, using customized windows and scripts, can simplify the initial setup for new designs. It will demonstrate how a new design, obtained from an existing layout drawing, can eliminate drafting and mechanical design tasks. It will also describe the potential impact on parts procurement, inventory, and assembly.
Date of Conference: 19-22 May 1997