02 Feb What is CAD Conversion?
What is CAD Conversion?
A CAD Conversion is a technique that is used to convert old convention blueprints into 3d CAD Models.
Let’s start with basic five questions.
1) Why I need to convert blueprints into CAD Models and what is 3d CAD models?
2) Which CAD software to be used in the paper to CAD conversion process?
3) How long it will take to convert one CAD file and what will be the file format?
4) Can I scan my blueprints and convert them into PDFs or the 2d drawings?
5) Can I hire a CAD Service provider to do the drawing conversion job?
Why I need to convert blueprints into CAD Models and what is 3d CAD model?
Converting blueprints into CAD model is a good idea, because if you won’t convert your blueprint drawing into the CAD models then you will be wasting a lot of time correcting those handmade drawings and at the same point you may lose your revision track that keeps adding if anything changes at the production stage or you may even lose the drawing itself.
Converting hand-drawn sketches, images, or the PDFs to the 3d CAD model will safeguard you from many problems and will help you to visualize your product or the parts or the assembly in the 3d software where you can rotate, zoom and change the design at any stage facilitating creation of 2D drawings that will get updated automatically following revisions and the BOM tables, this will further facilitate to keep up to date record on revisions and the ECN.
Thank God! Because of 3D software anybody referring those drawings will not be at his/her own mercy since all revisions, ECN (Engineering Change Number) and BOM are up to date and the correct one.
Which CAD software to be used in the paper to CAD conversion process?
You can use all different CAD software that are available in the market today and if you are simply converting hand-drawn sketch or the image or the PDFs to the 2d drawing than you can utilize software as under:
If you are converting it into 3D CAD models, then you can utilize software like:
2) Autodesk Inventor
3) PTC Pro/E
6) Google Sketchup now own by Trimble
How long it will take to convert one CAD file and what will be the file format?
It all depends on CAD expert you are hiring; if you are working with novice player than it will definitely take too much time and there will be no guarantee what you will get in the final deliverables. So be cautious while choosing simply any CAD service provider company or you will end up seeing poor drafting quality and a lot of recycling of material.
CAD File Format:
You can create any of the following file format based on the software you are choosing at the time of the conversion process:
- AutoCAD file format *.dwg and *.dxf
- Solidworks file format *.sldprt, *.sldasm or *.slddrw
- Inventor file format *.ipt, *.iam, *.idw
- Pro/E file format *.prt, *.asm
- Revit file format *.rvt
Can I scan my blueprints and convert them into PDFs or the 2d drawings?
Absolutely yes! You can scan any blueprints of any of the below projects no matter which industries you are working with, say:
- Architectural Interior and Exterior Plan
- Structural Erection Drawings
- Landscape Drawing
- Mechanical Machine and Product Drawings
- Civil, Mapping, and GIS
- Piping Industries
- Electrical Floor Plan including Utility Plan for Gas and Sewer
Can I hire a CAD Service provider to do the drawing conversion job?
Absolutely Yes! You can hire any CAD service provider or the CAD outsourcing company who takes total responsibility to proved you workable CAD file or the 3D Model, it is important to hire the professional service provider and if you decide to hire us than we will take care of your drawing conversion at a nominal cost and will share our engineering expertise with no compromise in the quality.
Feel free to browse the process we follow on each CAD project:
We hope the above information was helpful to understand the basic CAD conversion process and if you are looking for any Architectural, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical or any other CAD conversion or 3D modeling services than we can surely help, Contact us today and we will guide you through the process.