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CAE - Computer-Aided Engineering. The generic name given to a set of computer-aided techniques used in types of mechanical engineering [1]. CAE methods of action are available to assist in the implementation of project tasks of different kinds. Their ease of use, power, and increased availability result in increasing applications. Properly applied CAE can lead to the creation of more reliable projects [2].

It is worth noting that CAE tools are a very important aspect of teaching as they enable a significant increase in personal effectiveness in solving problems. They also make it easier to deal with problems, which is a major contributor to making teaching more interesting and realistic [3].

The CAE includes, among other things, the technique of case-based reasoning. Its application is intuitively obvious to engineers and involves finding solutions for new tasks by reusing solutions for older tasks [4].

What CAE includes

Among the known computer techniques, there are 4 main types [5]:

  • MRP - Manufacturing Resource Planning/ Materials Requirements Planning. Indicates when the product is made and how this fits into the factory manufacturing schedules.
  • CIM - Computer Integrated Manufacture. This is used in the manufacture and design of engineering products.
  • CAD - Computer-Aided Design (or Drafting). Computer-Aided Design includes simulation and analysis, but Computer-Aided Drafting is the application to the production of engineering images and drawings.
  • CAM - Computer-Aided Manufacture. Its scope of activity refers to the manufacture of products using computer-controlled machine tools.

In the field of design automation technology, CAE as well as CAD consists of the development of computer programs to conduct part of the design and production of products on behalf of the designer. The pressure to produce in a much shorter time and consume fewer resources, new generations of products with better performance and functionality is motivating the growing importance of design automation [6].


Rapid changes in computer-aided engineering have led to satisfactory progress in the engineering community. Recent progress has made the long-awaited goal closer to reality. CAE has become the quintessence of concurrent engineering and has set itself the goal of reducing design time, producing prototypes faster and most importantly - achieving higher product quality [7].


  1. Matthews C. 2001, p. 229
  2. O'Connor P., Newton D., Bromley R. 2002, p. 200-201
  3. Franklin G.F., Rabins M.J., Kheir N.A 2014, p. 10
  4. Raphael B., Smith I.F.C 2003, p. 197
  5. Matthews C. 2001, p. 229
  6. Chen W. K. 2018, p. 7-1
  7. Shih R. 2009, p. xii


Author: Klaudia Szydłowska