Social Science Research on CAD/CAM

Results of a First European Workshop

  • Michael Rader
  • Bernd Wingert
  • Ulrich Riehm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Editor’s Introduction: A Personal History of the European CAD/CAM Social Studies Network

  3. National Reviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Olimpio Brivio, Giancarlo Cainarca, Marco Mutinelli, Claudio Roveda
      Pages 48-54
    3. George Kovács
      Pages 55-57
    4. Wolf D. Zinkl
      Pages 58-60
    5. Michael Rader, Peter Higgins, Maurits van Wagenberg
      Pages 61-62
  4. The Nature of Design and the Effects of CAD/CAM

  5. Implementation of CAD and Training

  6. Organizational Effects and CAD/CAM Integration

  7. The Development of CAD/CAM Systems

  8. Utilization of Results and Cooperation between the Disciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-256
    2. Niels Møller, Per Langaa Jensen
      Pages 257-266
    3. Wolfgang Jonas
      Pages 275-285

About these proceedings


Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) are but two of the more recent examples of computer applications in domains previously dominated by human labour. The use of computers in such areas has increasingly attracted social science research. There are several reasons one could suggest for this, not least of them being the simple fact that public money is being provided for such research. Of course, some of the interest may be due to the wish to prove that technology is being used to inhuman ends, but undoubtedly there is also some degree of fascination involved. Can you really do all the things with computers that people claim you can? There is certainly satisfaction to be had from smugly pointing out its shortcomings, but many of the few sociologists in our own organisation are also among the most avid users of modern technology. Needless to say, they also belong to the most critical users of the technology! A new strain of motivation for social science research which appears to be gaining significance, is the desire to "re-direct" technology, or at least - and probably more realistically - to playa part in shaping future technology . The entire range of motives may be recognised in the collection of papers contained in this volume.


computer-aided design (CAD) computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) construction model science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Rader
    • 1
  • Bernd Wingert
    • 1
  • Ulrich Riehm
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung für Angewandte SystemanalyseKernforschungszentrum KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Germany

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