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While these benefits are important it should be noted every detail in product design process has to uncovered for this drawing automation to work. What designers now do routinely must be written down and built into formulas and design tables. This is not as easy as it sounds. Designers do a lot of things unconsciously that must be recorded.
The process of automating a design can be approached on an assembly by assembly basis, making sure at each step, that process is working. A small part of machine is automated, for example, machine guards. From that point on computer designs guards from specifications and engineers make sure that system is working properly before proceeding to automate more critical areas of machine.
If process is done carefully, great benefits can be realized in savings of cost and time. If engineer’s look at work they do throughout year, even in custom fabrication, there are things that must done repetitively. It might be flange sizing, machine frames, shafts or any number of things.
It’s worth it for an engineering manager to take a long hard look at the kinds of work that is being done day in and day out, to see if drawing automation can save time and money.
Adrian Dunevein runs AAA Drafting Services. (www.aaadrafting.com) He is a mechanical designer specializing in using 3d software such as solidworks to create engineering drawings for engineers and manufacturers. Contact him at email@example.com