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.