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Why You Need a Professional for Your CAD Conversions

If you have any hand-drawn or computer-scanned engineering files within your company, you’re due for a CAD conversion. This process is trickier than it sounds, but it’s a lot easier when you outsource the work. In this guide, we’ll explain why you need a professional for your CAD conversions, and we’ll tell you why CAD/CAM Services is the best option.

What Is a CAD Conversion?

A CAD conversion is where you take a drawing and put it on CAD. The original drawing could be a napkin sketch, an old-school hand-drawn Mylar drawing, or a scanned picture. Regardless of the original format, the best way to convert it into CAD is to draw the part from scratch with your computer, using the original image as a dimensional guide.

Why You Should Outsource Your CAD Conversions

Some people try to tackle CAD conversions on their own, but it’s a frustrating and tedious process. This is why outsourcing your CAD conversions is such a great idea. Here are some of the major benefits associated with outsourcing this work:

The Conversion Process Is Meticulous

If you didn’t already know, the CAD conversion process is very meticulous. As we mentioned, it entails drawing everything from scratch on CAD and using the original image as a dimensional guide. That means every single line has to be drawn again.

If you miss one line, then the whole CAD file is useless until you find and correct that tiny issue. Yes, it’s very meticulous.

For a typical engineering drawing, you will likely spend hours redrawing the part on CAD. If you have a stack of drawings you need to convert, you can only imagine how long the full stack will take to convert.

This reason alone is enough for many companies to outsource the work. It’s just like painting your house. Sure, you can do it on your own, but it’s so much easier to bring in an expert to handle it for you.

It Frees Up Your Engineers

Whether you have a single engineer or dozens of engineers on your staff, their time is valuable. We know that engineering departments are often overbooked, and each engineer has to rush through projects just to deliver on time.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your engineers had something taken off their plate so they can focus on more mission-critical tasks? When you outsource your CAD conversions, your in-house engineers don’t have to stress about doing the meticulous conversion themselves. Instead, they can start generating more revenue for your company and applying their skills elsewhere.

At the Factory: Female Mechanical Engineer Designs 3D Engine on Her Personal Computer while Male Automation Engineer Uses Laptop for Programming Robotic Arm.

An engineer reviews the final 3D engine model that was created from a series of CAD conversions.

Save Money on Every Conversion

Another factor that people don’t talk about is the money you need to put into every task your engineers do. As we all know, engineers can be expensive to keep on staff (for good reasons), but that means that every task they do suddenly becomes an expensive endeavor.

If your engineers are tied up for a month doing CAD conversions, how much money are you wasting?

By outsourcing this work through CAD/CAM Services, you’ll be saving a ton of money through each project. Not only do we get the work done sooner, but we refuse to overcharge for our work. That means more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

There are No Shortcuts for Quickly Converting

You might see some Google results that suggest you can use automatic software to convert drawings within minutes. We’ve tried every option on the market, and we can confidently say that’s not true.

When you put your drawings through conversion software, you’re looking at a few different risks. First off, the software could simply steal your intellectual property that’s on your drawings, and there’s no repercussion since you uploaded the drawing yourself.

On top of that, the software barely even works. Most of the time, you’re left with lines that aren’t connected, drawings that aren’t properly scaled, and missing information. Trying to use one of these automatic converters will just waste your time and leave you back at square one.

To put it simply, there’s no shortcut for quickly converting your CAD drawings. The only option is to draw everything from scratch on CAD.

Architects working with blueprints in the office. Teamwork architects concept.

An outsourced engineer works with an architect to understand the parameters of their conversion project.

Expedite Every CAD Conversion

Our team of over 100 engineers have been using CAD for decades. We’ve made millions of drawings over our decades in business, so we know a thing or two about efficiently using CAD.

Why do we mention this? It’s proof that we can use CAD faster than most people out there. As a result, you can expect much faster results from our team. We can do a full CAD conversion, peer-review it, and send it to you within 24 hours in most cases.

Since we will save you time on each drawing, you can only imagine how much time you’ll save throughout the full conversion project.


Converting drawings into CAD files is a tedious process that can tie up your engineers for a long time. Whether you need to do 1 conversion or 1,000 conversions, you can trust CAD/CAM Services. We’ve converted countless drawings over the years, and we have the expertise to handle your project. Get a free quote today.

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