How to Choose a CAD Conversion Outsource

So you’re thinking about outsourcing your CAD Conversion work in order to save your company time and money.  But, how do you choose the right CAD Conversion Outsource?

First, what type of CAD outsourcing do you need?  Are you looking for a source that will scan paper drawings and convert them to CAD?  Are you looking for someone to convert raster files to vector?  Or convert one CAD file to another?  Or go from 2D to 3D CAD? CAD Conversion Outsource

If you’re looking for one particular type of conversion, and have a small project, you may be able to find a single individual that you can hire on an outsource basis who has the skills that you need.  However, if you’re looking for a variety of CAD conversion jobs, or a sophisticated service, such as converting 2D to 3D, or if you have more than just a few drawings, then you’ll likely do better finding a company with varied experience and expertise.  An internet search is a great place to start looking.

We suggest starting with a list of 6-10 possible companies, then narrowing them down to 3-5 that you want to get quotes from.  Just how do you narrow your initial list down and then choose that final offer?

Here are a few guidelines:   

  • Look for a vendor that has handled similar projects in the past. This will show that they have the capabilities that you need no matter how big or how small your project is.
  • Make sure that they have sufficient manpower and capabilities to get your project completed in the time frame you require.
  • Ask about the certifications they have and whether they have more than one employee with the same or similar certifications.  You don’t want your project stopped mid-stream if someone gets sick or leaves the company.
  • Find out what type of facilities they have.  Redundancy in computer equipment and scanning equipment is always a plus.
  • Lowest cost is not necessarily the best choice.  Smaller companies may offer a lower bid, but you’re not saving money if they don’t have the manpower or experience to handle your project.
  • Ask for references from past clients who have had projects that most resemble your project and budget.  This will give you a better idea of what it’s like to work with that CAD outsourcing company.

In the end, it comes down to choosing the CAD conversion to outsource company that you’re most comfortable with.  Especially if this is your first time for CAD outsourcing, it’s important to find an outsource that you can trust.  You’ll be sending them your project assets and you want to rest easy knowing that they’ll take care of them

Customer service and accurate work are paramount to a CAD conversion company.  The end result is heavily affected by the client-vendor working experience. Outsourcing relies a lot on contact through exchanging ideas, sending understandable feedback, and working together to make the project a success.   If you’re not comfortable dealing with the people you’re outsourcing to, it simply won’t work, because you won’t want to interact with them.


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