No one doubts that computer-aided design (CAD) has created a revolution in drafting, to the extent that traditional paper-based drawing methods have become largely outdated. These days, it’s hard to think of an industry that doesn’t benefit to some degree from the flexibility and efficiency provided by CAD software. Even so, not everyone is fully aware of the features and benefits that CAD software can supply, and they may be missing out on some of the advantages it offers. If any of the following conditions applies to your business, then it may be wise to invest in CAD for a solution.
You Have Old Paper Drawings Lying Around
Drafting with CAD software has become standard, but this hasn’t always been the case, and a lot of companies still consult old paper drawings that were created years ago. But this practice is inadvisable for several reasons. Paper drawings are perishable, and their tendency to accumulate damage over time can compromise the value of the data they contain. Even carefully stored drawings that aren’t subject to normal handling may become badly deteriorated with the mere passage of time. Additionally, maintaining storage space for these old drawings tends to consume resources that could be devoted to other matters. One common answer to this is to have these drawings scanned and converted to digital files, but this process isn’t infallible, as errors may be introduced into the material. CAD software can supply the ideal solution, however, allowing a skilled operator to redraw the material and save it in a widely used file format. The operator can also manually check any element of the drawing that may be illegible or unclear, thereby reducing the likelihood of error due to data conflicts during the paper to CAD conversion process.
You Need an Easy Method of Editing Your Drawings
Another drawback of paper drawings and scanned files is that they can’t be easily amended if the need should arise. Conversely, operators can edit DWG files (associated with AutoCAD and several other programs) with relative ease. This means any mistakes may be corrected without undue expense.
You Need Files That Can Be Easily Shared with Others
CAD files can be easily distributed to multiple parties, who then have the option of viewing the exact same file simultaneously. By distributing and managing these files over a network connection, operators can coordinate group revisions with ease. If needed, operators can restrict access permissions to “view-only” in order to prevent unauthorized changes to the file. None of this is possible with scanned files or old-fashioned paper copies.
You Need the Benefits of an Industry-Standard File
AutoCAD software is so widely accepted that it has become nearly synonymous with CAD. Any company that refuses to work with files compatible with this software will severely limit its ability to conduct business with clients and organizations that customarily use these files. In short, even if you’re not sold on the benefits of CAD, many other organizations have no such misgivings. Failure to conform to industry trends may cost you in the long run.
With over 20 years in the CAD services industry, Q-CAD, Inc. has helped a wide variety of organizations with their computer-aided design needs. Contact us today.