The "Improve Drafting" article series describes various ways for improving your performance in NX Drafting. Part 1 gives an overview of the functions, further posts will describe these functions in detail.
Introduction to drafting efficiency
While the basics of the drafting application can be understood quite intuitively, there are some additional tools which can improve your productivity when creating a drawing. There are tools which can standardize some common drafting procedures, and tools for making the drawing updatable (meaning minimum changes are needed when model changes).
The reuse of components and features has a proven positive effect on modeling of parts and assemblies. In a similar way, this can be utilized in drawings. The frequently used drafting objects can be defined in the library as Custom Symbols, with addition of certain flexibility when they are placed.
NOTE: Custom Symbols is the name in NX. It is a bit misleading, because apart from actual symbols, you can define a variety of objects.
When it comes to the drawings of customizable reusable components, additional effort is often required for readjusting the drawing to new dimensions. The time required for that can be reduced by using some drafting techniques. If there is time for defining a parametric model, there should also be time to define a responsive drawing.
In addition there are other tools for improving performance in drafting:
Overall, the use of advanced drafting tools can greatly improve your productivity.
About the Author
Alexander Popkov is the NX CAD/CAM method professional, currently working in Industrial Machinery.
Along with Maxim Semenenko, he runs a blog dedicated to the medium and advanced NX CAD/CAM tips.