2d Drafting

Written by Adam Blau
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Engineers and designers who utilize 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software for their projects have an invaluable design tool at their fingertips. Developments in 3D graphics rendering and various image codes have permitted designers to construct complex, workable 3-dimensional models using their computer systems. For all this advancement, however, there is still a tremendous need for 2-dimensional drafting as well.

It is easy for the CAD user to overlook the necessity for 2D drafting, at first. The marvels of solid modeling and 3D renderings can seemingly dwarf the feature set of 2D drawing capabilities contained in design software. Considering that blueprints and electronics schematics are tremendous resources for the actual builders of the final product, however, 2D drafting becomes an increasingly necessary part of the software's features.

Losing a Dimension, Gaining Versatility

In order for a software package to successfully incorporate 2D drafting features into its code, it is vital that the features be inherently connected to the 3D solid modeling. This means that if a change in an object is initiated in the 3D solid modeling phase, it should be immediately reflected in the 2D drafting interface, as well. This connectivity between the design and presentation portions of the design software can shave hours off the workload of an engineer or designer.

For CAD software to be even more effective, it is helpful if the drafting software's tools allow for flexibility and versatility in the final 2D draft. It would be a shame to work on a project only to discover that the text block you wish to wedge between several components on the final draft doesn't fit the way you would like. It is important for drafting tools to enable a user to create a clear, precise and aesthetically pleasing set of prints at the tail end of the project. A good 2D drafting software system will allow exactly this.

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