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2D graphics

The creation, display and manipulation of objects in the computer in two dimensions. Drawing programs and 2D CAD programs allow objects to be drawn on an X-Y scale as if they were drawn on paper. Although 3D images can be drawn in 2D programs, their views are static. They can be scaled larger or smaller, but they cannot be rotated to different angles as with 3D objects in 3D graphics programs. They also lack the automatic lighting effects of 3D programs. Any desired shadows must be created by the artist using color fills or gradients. See graphics and 3D graphics.
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Frank Belinske, a designer of automated and robotic equipment used in biotech and pharmaceutical applications, said his company (SCITEC Inc., Wilmington, Del.) tried Solid Edge Origin and knew immediately it had found a replacement for its former 2-D CAD system.
In this area, after a 2-D CAD drawing is designed, a 3-D model is produced to verify if the design is correct.
was started in 1982 by 13 men who set up shop in Marin County, Calif., and the company continues today as the largest supplier of 2-D CAD software.
* The 2-D CAD data is used to guide an x-y optical positioning device that directs the laser beam onto the paper, cutting the paper around the periphery of the 2-D cross section only to the depth of one layer of paper.
Capability: Draft IT is a 2-D CAD system that can be used without training, according to the developer.