The Changing Focus of CAD

3D Modelling, while still a core growth area in the CAD market is now categorized as a “slow growth” area.  After rapid growth in 2014-2015, the market stabilized in 2016 and is expected to continue as a steady slow-growth area in CAD.  According to “Business Advantage,” the “future predicted growth potential is limited” globally, with usage in these sectors as follows:

  • High current usage in manufacturing (81%)
  • Significantly lower in AEC (65%)

In the Americas, about 80% of firms use some form of the 3D CAD, but there is no additional propensity to grow.  Large companies are more likely to be current users (85%), although 7 in 10 use in small (70%) and medium companies (73%).

A look at our customer base shows us the following:old way to new way

Manufacturing Companies focus on Modeling, Assembly, Drafting, Die Design, Tool Design, Sheet Metal Design and, analysis of products. When looking for an outsourced 3D Modeling Service, manufacturers require CAD operators who can integrate mechanical engineering into the CAD and 3D Modeling technology.  Most often this requires additional knowledge of CAM.   CAM refers to Computer Aided Manufacturing, and in this context, is most often referred to in conjunction with CAD, i.e.; CAD / CAM.  CAD / CAM is a term that refers to computer systems that are used to both design and manufacture products.

Therefore, when looking for a 3D Modeling Services company, manufacturers must look for those that have experience with both designing a product and for controlling manufacturing processes. This is because the geometries in the CAD drawing are used by the CAM portion of the program to control a machine that creates the exact shape that was drawn. CAD / CAM software is most often used for product development, machine-tooling, and manufacturing, and is another area that continues to demand expert 3D Modeling Services.

Aerospace and Automotive employ manufacturing processes that use three-dimensional models to determine the viability and tolerances of their designs.  Exceptionally high accuracy is required.

One way to ensure 3D Modeling Services ability to produce highly accurate models is to deal only with an outsourcing company that has been awarded the AS9100 certificate and who is authorized and certified by the USA Department of Defense for CAD Conversion work.   This is the type of accuracy that is required by the military and aircraft industry.

Residential or commercial construction firms require knowledgeable CAD operators with backgrounds in architectural design and 3D Modeling.   This type of 3D Modeling requires the generation of 3D presentation models based on construction drawings, sketches, and specifications provided by the architect.

Today, most building and construction projects rely heavily on construction documentation to win project approval, secure financing and finalize budgeting, form, and function.  To survive in today’s competitive environment firms must deliver quality documentation within demanding budget and time constraints.

Using an outsourced 3D Modeling Service with a background in both architectural Computer Aided Design and 3D Modeling techniques can help to bring your project in on time and within budget.   A knowledgeable CAD services firm that offers both 2D drawings and 3D models can satisfy nearly any type of construction documentation and promotion needs.

An intelligent 3D architectural model (BIM) incorporates all the 2D data, materials, drawings and documents required to produce plans, elevations, drawings, estimates and material details. Additionally, an experienced 3D Modeling Service can apply various design alternatives to the 3D model and instantly check the impact on the final form, function, and cost. The result is a better design and efficient material utilization, without the necessity for hiring/firing/managing CAD operators and 3D Modeling experts as your business expands and contracts due to seasonal and economic changes.

Changing Focus

Both Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM) show current good usage and importance, along with reasonable future potential.  While this is not a change so much as it is an outgrowth of 3D CAD and better methods of maintaining and using data, we view it as an area to focus on as our client base embraces these technologies.


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