Do you have a bad 2D drawing story to tell? Let’s be honest, who in the CAD world doesn’t? The pains of having to deal with 3D drawings improperly converted from 2D drawings is an inevitability. Your chances of avoiding it are as high as your chances of avoiding winter snow in Upstate New York. We have to face and accept the fact that we are human, therefore prone to error. Once we’ve accepted this fact, we can open the door for more efficient solutions to our 2D to 3D drawing conversion.
Most would agree that 2D drawings can be expensive. Think about this workflow… An engineer could spend about 20 hours a week creating 2D drawings and about 6 hours answering questions or clarifying components related to the drawing. Now, if you figure in an hourly rate associated with these man hours, you’re spending an average of $3000 a week creating and managing 2D drawings. Multiply that number to fit the size of your engineering staff and you quickly realize, maintaining your 2D drawings is NOT cheap.
Even worse, we’ve found scenarios where a third of the engineering budget is spent on creating and managing 2D drawings, however, 60% of those drawings don’t usually match the 3D designs. To say this issue is frustrating is an understatement because it’s incredibly costly and time-consuming.
I’m willing to bet that a significant chunk of your company’s scrap and rework can be traced back to the inaccuracies in the 2D to 3D drawing conversion process.
At this point, we all realize that the common method of relying on 2D drawings to generate the 3D drawings isn’t the most efficient process. If you think you have no other choice than to rely on this outdated method, you have other options. Then, in walks Model-Based Definition or “MBD” software.
One of the most impressive things about this software is its ability to generate 3D PDFs from your product manufacturing information (PMI). This eliminates the need to manually convert your 2D drawings to 3D, because the software has done it for you. No more misinterpretation of the drawings and the potential for reworks is drastically reduced, which boils down to money and time saved. In an industry where money and time are major concerns, any opportunity to reduce the output of those two factors is a win-win.
MBD software fully integrates into your CAD program and works complementarily with other programs running from your CAD software. Machine shops that run CNC machines will get a lot out of this software, as well.
If your interest has been piqued, we’d like to invite you check out our Machine to the Mean webinar that will go over some of the various applications of MBD software and how it can be used in various industries.