Converting engineering drawings into CAD models is simpler than ever with improvements to technology over the last decade. CAD programs, such as SolidWorks Industrial Design, allow users to first sketch their ideas out on a blank white screen before modeling. Combining both a drawing application and a 3D modeling software accelerates the engineering process so that modelers can more quickly have their ideas turned into something tangible. A 3D model of a product can now be easily printed by giving the engineering company a real-world example to show investors. A small-scale representation of a product could be the reason that it is bought so the ability to quickly make them is of the utmost importance.
“Blocking out” the overall shape of a 3D model is one of the more tedious parts of designing. Initially, engineers have to take a simple shape, such as a sphere and transform it into the shape needed for their model. This initial process can take hours, but with having direct reference to build from models are able to appear similar to their desired outcome within minutes. Other products allow for engineers to import in reference to build from. This means purchasing more software to draw in, which in turn costs the company more money. For cost efficiency and quicker results, SolidWorks seems to be a viable option for engineering companies looking for a different route from Autodesk’s AutoCAD.
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