All About CAD Conversion

How to Make PLM Easy

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 02:16 PM

How to Make PLM Easy

Ask nearly any design/manufacturing enterprise why PLM has become one of the most important ways for them to speed product development, reduce costs and generate higher revenues, and they’ll tell you it’s “because it works!”  Ask these same companies how easy it was to implement their PLM and the answers may not be as positive.

The reason for the gap between how well it works and how (un)easy it may be to implement is because PLM is less about the actual technology and more about business process transformation.  And, nearly any psychologist can tell you that “change is difficult.”

But, PLM is a change well-worth making!

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Tags: CAD CAM Outsource, CAD Conversion, 3d CAD, PLM

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

How Smart Engineering Firms Use CAD Outsourcing

There are numerous benefits tooutsourcing engineering work, and outsourcing doesn’t have to result in job cuts or projects lost to foreign competitors.  You just have to outsource SMART!

Skills -- An outsource team typically has more skills and resources than an “in-house” jack of all trades. Multiple -- Muliple engineers – both in-house and out, get jobs done faster.

Ad Hoc -- When you need a one-off skill set, use outsource ad hoc teams of specialists.

Resources – When you need additional staff to balance peaks and valleys of work-load

Time – More business means more work; Outsourcing give you more time for more jobs

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Tags: CAD Services Outsource, CAD Conversion

How to Convert Aerospace Drawings from Mylar to CAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 04:56 PM

How to Convert Aerospace Drawings from Mylar to CAD

Mylar to CAD, even 3D CAD is a piece of cake…IF you know what you’re doing!  (We do!)

What is Mylar?

First, let’s have a primer on Mylar.  Mylar, by any other name, including MylarMelinex and Hostaphan is a polyester film (BoPET (Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate) that is made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

While Mylar was used for long-term engineering drawings because it was more stable than paper, over time, it too degrades, and the accuracy of the drawing on it can be negatively impacted.  Mylar is still sometimes used for printing CAD drawings.  That’s because when a printed drawing is required, schematics on Mylar reflect the depth and dimension of the finished project more easily than blueprints or diazo prints. 

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Tags: CAD Conversion

Scanning and CAD Conversion - Still Needed After All These Years!

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 02:11 PM

Scanning and CAD Conversion – Still Needed After All These Years!

It seems like I’ve been around large format scanners and CAD (Compter Aided Design) for a very long time.  Starting long before large format scanners, there were graphic digitizers and rudimentary CAD systems, but it was in the mid 1980’s when the industry really began to take off, as government agencies and private industry began to computerize.

CAD draftingstarted to be favored over hand drafting.  GIS (Geographic Information Systems) began to replace hand-drawn cartography.  Satellite imagery was able to be incorporated into maps as well as into engineering design for highways and other heavy construction. 

The race had begun to see who could design better hardware, better software, better maps and CAD drawings.  The race had also begun to see who could figure out ways to incorporate the years of paper design and paper maps into the new paradigm of design and mapping.

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Tags: CAD Conversion, Raster to Vector Conversion

How 3D CAD Conversion Services Help Manufacturers with Workflow

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 05:42 PM

How 3D CAD Conversion Services Help Manufacturers with Workflow

No matter what the industry, it’s clearly understood that better workflows mean higher efficiency, and in manufacturing, efficiency is vital if you want to stay competitive.  Because many manufacturing business owners get caught up in the everyday running of their business, they may not pay sufficient attention to workflow improvement.  Inefficient workflow can result in increased costs and affect the overall profitability. 

Some manufacturers have begun to realized that outsourcing 3D CAD conversionservices can improve their workflow and their profitability.  Because 3D CAD offers users the ability to look at a part from every possible angle, and to see exactly how one part relates to the other parts in an assembly, it has already begun to improve workflow by eliminating much of the trial and error that can be part of the traditional manufacturing process. 

When you combine that workflow improvement with fast communication via the Internet, it becomes possible to save significant time and to improve final quality.

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Tags: CAD Conversion, 3d CAD

The Risks of Off-Shore CAD Conversion

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 05:47 PM

The Risks of Off-Shore CAD Conversion 

Design executives and manufacturers should take a clear-eyed approach when they consider outsourcing of CAD functions to offshore service providers. On the one hand, the cost savings may appear to be significant, but on the other hand, there are certain risks.

We often find that the cost benefits of outsourcing have been over-stated, while the risks generally have been minimized.

Too many executives think that if Indian CAD programmers are paid 80% less than U.S. CAD programmers, then they will save 80% of their CAD design personnel costs. They forget that outsourcing introduces an additional management layer and inefficiencies.  So, you might save money, but not nearly as much as you think.  Moreover, many U.S. based CAD Conversion companies are adept at streamlined approaches that bring their pricing much more in line with off-shore prices, without the added risks, such as:

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Tags: CAD Conversion

Why Quality Control is Important in CAD Conversion

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 05:57 PM

Why Quality Control is Important in CAD Conversion

Probably no other CAD activity is as misunderstood as CAD conversion.  Many people think it’s just a matter of saving one type of CAD file as another type of CAD file.  Occasionally, it is that simple.  But more often than not, it involves a number of highly technical steps. 

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Tags: CAD Conversion

Reasons to Convert Your Engineering Drawings into CAD

Posted by Blog Tipster on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 04:38 PM

Engineer drawings are very important when building pretty much anything. The designer, through this vital document, communicates everything a builder needs to know about the design. But a builder can easily understand an engineer drawing just as he can a computer drawing; but here are some beneficial explanations of why converting engineering drawings into CAD is a must.

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Tags: CAD Conversion

The Truth about Off-Shore CAD Conversion and Data Capture

Posted by Diane Mitol on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

The Truth about Off-Shore CAD Data Capture and Conversion

Introduction

When talking about CAD data capture, we’re referring to the combined processes of scanning drawings, cleaning and correcting the images, OCR and Indexing for title boxes and, finally, outputting to the required CAD format.   This process of CAD data capture is the entry point for CAD archiving, CAD workflow and CAD conversion to 3D.

This large format scanning and capture has been made considerably easier with today’s advanced large format scanners, leading some organizations to invest in the scanning technology and do it themselves.  However, while scanning can be relatively simple, the technologically challenging part of the conversion process comes when converting the scanned files to 2D or 3D CAD.  Achieving high conversion throughput at minimum cost requires a skill set that most scanning personnel and CAD operators do not have.  This is where service bureaus and CAD conversion outsourcers come into play.  Low offshore labor rates, cheaper communications methods, and the ease with which scanned files can be transmitted, can make offshore CAD conversion companies appear very attractive

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Tags: CAD Conversion

CAD Conversion for Small Jobs

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 05:45 PM

CAD Conversion for Small Jobs

CAD Conversion can be confusing because it can cover so many different topics:  Scan to CAD, Raster to Vector Conversion, 2D to 3D Conversion, CAD File Translations, and more.  But the bottom line for all of these different types of CAD Conversion is that if you’re working in digital design and manufacturing environment, you’re working with CAD files, and you’re going to have to perform CAD Conversions. 

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Tags: CAD Conversion, CAD Conversion for Small Jobs