Computer Aided Design

Designing our Future with CAD for Schools

The study of computer aided design has significantly changed over the past decade and will continue to evolve in helping to decrease design cycle time and increase accuracy through collaboration. Furthermore, rapid prototyping through the use of 3D printing now enables designers to not only visualize the end product, but to actually grasp the end product in their hands, long before production begins, combining CAD and 3D printing.

CAD labs in technical schools have changed dramatically as well. Drafting tables have all but disappeared, making room for new computer stations and digital fabrication machines for makerspaces.

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Blackstone Valley Education Hub
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“When we received an advanced manufacturing grant from Governor Baker, AET was a great resource to guide us through the process of design, equipment selection, and installation. Our program is now equipped with equipment that will provide our students with cutting edge technology which will prepare them for college and career readiness.”

Dr. Heidi Riccio, Superintendent-Director
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School

“AET Labs has been our savior in creating the Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub)! The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce was fortunate enough to receive a large Work Skills Capital Grant from the MA Department of Higher Ed to create fabrication, design and computer labs. AET Labs provided us with the expertise and know-how we needed to successfully reach our goals. . . At the end of the project we got rave reviews from the community, our students, teachers, schools and our legislators.”


Jeannie Hebert, CEO and President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Blackstone Valley Education Hub