Top Techniques for Improving Your CAD Drawing Technique

How to improve your CAD drawings with these drafting techniques.

In the engineering world, CAD drawings are king. Your 3D CAD models look great, but how are you ensuring that your drawings tell the shop floor exactly how each part, structure or assembly is to be produced?

This white paper will help you learn or refine the basic drafting techniques to help you improve the manufacturability of your CAD drawings, including:

  • Improving clarity, precision and accuracy
  • Optimizing your templates
  • Creating personalized tables and callouts
  • Creating models with drawings in mind

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“No matter your engineering discipline, drawings have a common purpose: to convey information on how a part, structure, or assembly is to be produced.”

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Detailed, accurate drawings are less likely to be misinterpreted and less likely to cause a costly re-manufacturing of parts.

Nowadays, creating a drawing no longer means spending hours at a drafting table with your drawing pencils, triangles, scales, French curves, compasses, dividers and erasers in hand. Those tools have gone by the wayside, but the techniques that guided manual drawings did not.

Regardless of your engineering discipline (whether mechanical, architectural, welding, molding, casting, structural, or civil just to name a few), drawings have a common purpose; to convey information on how a part, structure or assembly is to be produced.

Detailed, accurate drawings are less likely to be misinterpreted and less likely to cause a costly re-manufacturing of parts.

Section 1:
Clarity, precision, and accuracy.

How many views does it take to fully define a part? The answer to this perennial drawing-related debate is simple: as many as it takes. To ensure ease in interpreting the drawing, at least two views are generally necessary, but there isn’t a maximum. Don’t create superfluous views of every side of the part – consider what’s really needed. In other words, if the view doesn’t require dimensions, chances are you don’t need it.

Section 2:
Templates are more important than you think!

Let’s put it this way … a well-built house must have a strong foundation. The same holds true for drawings and templates. Drawing templates serve as the foundation for creating drawings quickly and accurately. Once your drafting techniques are solidified, creating proper title blocks is the next step for precise drawings.

Section 3:
The key to tables and callouts is reuse!

If templates are the foundation of efficient drawings, then saving personalized tables and callouts are the walls. While style settings cover most of the setting as far as looks are concerned on a template, they don’t really cover content.

“Have I modeled the part in a way that it can be manufactured? What about my assembly – do I have an easy-to-follow exploded view?”

Fact or Fiction:
CAD drawings communicate design to manufacturing.

Ever heard the saying CAD hates CAM or CAM hates CAD? It’s important for both design engineers and manufacturers to always be on the same page.

When modeling, always try to keep in mind that you will be creating a drawing of the part at hand. Also, you’ll need to convey manufacturing information for the part to be procured to someone who will need relevant information on that part. There are several questions to ask yourself when modeling with drawings in mind, but the most important of them is if you were the manufacturer, could you make it?

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When creating CAD drawings, you’re only as quick as your templates allow you to be. In this complimentary whitepaper, get the fully-detailed scoop on tips for a more efficient CAD drawing process.

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