As the adoption of 3D modeling becomes more prevalent, it’s easy to downplay the role of technical drawings. But drawings are still very important.
Technical drawings are the primary way to communicate with manufacturing—in many cases, they are a contract between the designer and the shop floor.
Developing prototypes relies heavily on technical drawings, especially when things are mass produced. They help streamline the manufacturing process. The precise details of the technical drawing help builders create objects without errors, delays or other costly issues. This alone is the most important duty of the drawings.
The only thing that sets technical drawings apart from other types of renderings is the degree of standardization. Simple sketches are usable, but with a technical drawing, you get a meticulous look at the entire object, from layout and line thickness to descriptive geometry, text size, symbols and view projections. There’s no room for misinterpretation with these types of drawings. That’s another reason they’re so important during the design process.
So how do you make sure that your drawings say everything they need to say?
In the eBook by DEVELOP3D, you’ll learn how to create accurate drawings and data, effectively communicate information, and include all the information needed for manufacturing.
Using these files, manufacturers are able to develop a deep understanding of a product and offer expert advice. Being able to communicate your ideas visually as well as practically makes a difference – your manufacturer will need to know the size and inner workings of your product – and the right computer-aided design (CAD) drawings can do this perfectly.
A CAD drawing is a digital file representing a product as either a 2D or 3D image. They offer industrial designers and the contract manufacturer insight into the size and shape of your parts, allowing them to provide quotations and simulate stress and strain forces when necessary. This can be significant when determining the best product design and for improving overall quality.
It’s the combination of the 3D model and associated set of drawings that allows us to define critical information and to communicate it where needed—this eBook will help you ensure that the process of design, documentation, and manufacturing is as efficient as possible.