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Technical drawings are the backbone of the construction industry, and even though technology has evolved, the basic principles and techniques are still relevant. Some designers are still stuck with manual methods of drafting, simply because of the low costs of material, zero yearly subscription fees and the fact that electronically processed drawings require intense training. However, Computer Aided Design, known as CAD, has outlined the importance of digitization elements when it comes to design and drafting. Gone are the days when draftsmen had to rely on stencil, paper, pencil and eraser. Here is why CAD services are gaining popularity over manual methods.

Better Articulation

As opposed to manual drafting, CAD services provide better articulation when it comes to transforming ideas into actual concepts. More so, the clarity achieved can be conveyed easily as compared to one achieved manually. There are minimal errors when it comes to CAD software, and with a wide selection of drawing tools, a designer can choose to create lines, curves, spirals or circles with ease.

Time-Saving

Computer Aided Design is more accurate, faster and more efficient compared to manual drafting methods. More accurate designs also mean that the manufacturing job will be done faster, saving time and money.

Environmental Consideration

As the world is becoming more environmentally conscious about environmental changes, manual drawings, which require pen and paper, are not environmentally friendly. CAD services, on the other hand, are environmentally friendly as they can be drafted and saved electronically.

Better Quality

Through its software, CAD has tools that enable designers to construct high-quality designs and analysis, resulting in fewer errors than a design done manually. The high resolution provides a better scope and more accurate designs.

Easier to Retrieve

As opposed to manual drawings which can be easily misplaced or destroyed, Computer Aided Design can be electronically stored and backed up in the computer, making it easier to retrieve in the future. Also, CAD services are easier to modify and can quickly make more copies of blueprints. There is no maximum number of templates when creating databases for your work, as these templates and blueprints can be reproduced as many times as possible.

Convenience

CAD services provide the option of copy and pasting as well as rotating and mirroring the drafts. A designer using the CAD software can also copy drafts in between open drawings and can also apply different methods to achieve their ideal dimensions. For instance, a rectangular grid can be snapped on intervals to locate points and provide exact coordinates using an X and Y axis, for instance.

CAD Layouts

One of the reasons why designers are moving from manual options to CAD is the fact that the CAD layouts are not only accurate but are extremely convenient. Manual techniques require a pre-printed sheet showing the title block and border. This makes it hard for the designer to determine the location, which is ideal for specifying details such as sections, plan views and elevation. CAD services basically remove the paperwork and the inconsistencies that come with traditional methods of designing, making the drawing process smooth and easy.

The CAD layout provides the space to draw or draft the design on a model space platform. From here, a designer can structure the layout model on a sheet. This sheet has computer-generated generational notes, title block, border, dimensions and a few views of the draft showing layouts. These layouts provide a clear picture of the model and can be zoomed in or out.

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