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Why You Should Integrate Paper Drawings with 3D CAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 04:32 PM

Why You Should Integrate Paper Drawings with 3D CAD

We’ve come a long way since the 1950s when it first became possible to modify existing drawings electronically. Back then, a spot scanner could convert microfilm data into an electronic image. The biggest drawback – it was cost-prohibitive.

But, as interactive computer graphics and CAD evolved, newer and better tools became available for creating new designs.  As the technology advanced, standards were developed for storing drawings in raster format.  Then, the emergence of cost-effective scanning hardware heralded the coming of age of raster images.  (And raster to vector services, we might add.)

Today, more options than ever exist for the conversion of paper, including R2V, paper to CAD, paper to 3D model and various permutations and combinations of all combined.   Perhaps what’s most surprising is the number of paper archives or -- as one source describes it --  “BC” (Before CAD) designs that still exist today. 

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Topics: 2D to 3D CAD, Paper to CAD Conversion

Convert Paper Drawings to CAD - Engineering New Year's Resolution

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Convert Paper Drawings to CAD – Engineering Departments’ New Year’s Resolution

We’re just hours away from ringing in the New Year and if 2016 is anything like 2016, your engineering department will face lots of challenges.  No matter what product or service you provide, in order to be successful in a global economy, you must take on the challenge to deliver services and products quickly, accurately and economically. 

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Topics: Paper to CAD Conversion

How to Manage Paper Engineering Drawings in a Digital World

Posted by Diane Mitol on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 01:52 PM

How to Manage Paper Engineering Drawings in a Digital World

Paper engineering drawings?  Really?  I thought everyone used CAD these days.   Haven’t we advanced to 3D models?  Well, yes….and….no.

While newer designs are almost always done in CAD these days -- often in 3D CAD -- there is still a vast legacy of paper drawings that reside in flat files in factories, corporations, engineering firms, mining companies and other strongholds from coast to coast.

From A Manual of Engineering Drawing for Students and Draftsmen, 9th Ed., by French & Vierck,1960

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Topics: Paper to CAD Conversion

Paper to CAD Conversion for Preservation of Old Buildings

Posted by Diane Mitol on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Paper to CAD Conversion for Preservation of Old Buildings

Historic preservation has evolved into a broad-based popular movement with wide support. Historic preservation can take many forms, from the preservation of historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects to the preservation of important documents, papers, drawings and blueprints.  Whatever is being preserved, the reasons given for the preservation usually include the desire for a tangible sense of permanence and community, the embrace of history and heritage, and, often -- economic success.  Recognition that historic preservation often is associated with economic success is important when the over-all costs of preservation are considered.

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Topics: Paper to CAD Conversion

Paper to CAD Conversion – Should You Outsource?

Posted by Diane Mitol on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 04:23 PM

Paper to CAD Conversion – Should You Outsource?

A service bureau that specializes in paper to CAD conversion can be a big help if you have a large paper archive of engineering drawings.   The important thing is to find a company with both the knowledge and the equipment to scan your paper drawings and provide the highest quality, most accurate digital files.   Often organizations are concerned about the cost associated with paper to CAD conversion, and worry that they will need to outsource their work to India or some other off-shore location in order to be able to afford the scanning and conversion service.  This article explores the options and recommends solutions for the most common Paper to CAD conversion situations. 

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Topics: Paper to CAD Conversion

Paper to CAD Conversion And More

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 04:42 PM

Paper to CAD Conversion And More

Why is it important to convert your paper drawings to digital CAD drawings?  One huge reason is that digital documents are virtually timeless. They won’t fade, tear, or deteriorate in any way; and, with some forethought and planning toward the creation and implementation of your digital archiving system, your digital CAD drawings will be easy to find.  This means no more searching for lost or misplaced paper drawings!   Additionally, digital CAD drawings do not take large amounts of space to store, so you can eliminate paying for storage space.  You know that your digital CAD drawings are safe, and they are non-fading, searchable, and can be seen by multiple users at the same time.

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Topics: Paper to CAD Conversion, Paper to CAD, CAD Conversion

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