Mechanical Drawing Program

Written by Adam Blau
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Engineers and designers can use their computer-aided design (CAD) tools to produce a wide range of output formats for their projects. Whether they or their clients need output in a 3-dimensional format or an AVI file depicting the moving components of a prototype, CAD programs can produce any number of display types. The variety of formats ensures that any number of needs will be addressed, from testing to drafting procedures.

Output as a Mechanical Drawing

One form of output required by most CAD programs is the 2-dimensional mechanical drawing. Drafting programs are so important to designers that they are often sold independently of other design elements. There are several advantages, though, to having a mechanical drawing program that is attached to your 3D solid modeling software.

For example, the real-time rendering of some solid modeling programs can permit a user to make changes to all final outputs as he or she works. In this way, if a single change is made to a 3-dimensional design, that change can be reflected in the 2D mechanical drawing or the AVI motion depiction, as well. Rather than have to create all-new designs for each format, the engineer can be sure that his or her alterations will be made across the board.

This attachment between views can save the engineer a tremendous amount of time and money. Rather than have to draw up entirely new schematics or blueprints, the engineer can let the program perform this task automatically. If the CAD program itself can accomplish the job, there is no extra software necessary for the engineer to create beautiful, clear mechanical drawings.

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