Mechanical Drafting

Written by Adam Blau
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Engineers and designers operate in the 3-dimensional realm more and more these days. Now that design software has progressed to the point where 3D renderings are quickly accessible with the touch of a button, engineers find it possible to remain in the 3D realm during the design phase. The graphics-rendering capabilities have made it possible for designers to maintain the extra dimension and get a more realistic view of what their finished products will look like.

Nonetheless, there is very frequently a need to scale a drawing down to a 2-dimensional draft. Whether to depict schematics, blueprints or other similar drawings, engineers will likely find themselves in a position to depict a design in drafted format. By utilizing software that enables the engineer to toggle back and forth between two and three dimensions, he or she can easily create these images.

Flexibility in Mechanical Drafting Software

Since complex and advanced designs are now easily created with 3D solid modeling software, it is necessary for the mechanical drafting diagrams to reflect this. It is not enough for a drafting program simply to draw the outlines and general schematics of a design. The drafting software must be a full-featured drawing tool with advanced graphics and text capabilities.

2D drafting software should have the capability to depict lines in a variety of colors and formats. There should also be a sensible means by which these line structures are organized. Text should also be able to be handled efficiently and in a flexible fashion, allowing for resizing, rotation and attachment to a given object.

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