Posted by Prahlad Parmar on March 1st, 2013
Mechanical CAD drafting is a procedure, which imparts the engineers, design developers and clients with the capability to visualize the mechanical projects in three-dimensional aspects.
With the advancement in the CAD tools and techniques, the drawings are not only limited to paper drawings. Instead, highly integrated designs are now developed using the various designing tools to exhibit the projects in a photo-realistic way before the start of the practical construction.
The drawings developed by the mechanical CAD drafting process are not only detailed and accurate but can also be designed in a faster way, thereby saving a significant amount of time.
The professionals known as the drafters may have to design different types of mechanical components such as jigs, fixtures, clamps, conveyor belts and much more simple and complex designs. Developing sketches of the mechanical components is one of the fundamental duties of the drafters.
Advantages of Mechanical CAD Drafting are as follows:
Sketches are also known as free hand drawings and a drafter can generate different idea options of the designs. Sketching can be developed in two procedures, which are known as the orthographic method and the isometric method.
In the orthographic procedure, the two dimensional aspects of the project are demonstrated. However, by the use of the isometric method, the drawing can be viewed from multiple dimensions and angles.
Once the approximate or rough sketches are developed, proper dimensions are then added to them using the computer software. The whole process of mechanical CAD drafting can be automated by using highly efficient drawing and drafting software tools such as AutoCAD and Inventor.
The software tools are comprised of functionalities, which can effectively reduce the time taken for the drafting of the mechanical assemblies and reduces the chances of any type of re-work by developing the accurate dimensions.
About Author: Prahlad Parmar is an Engineering Specialist working at Mechanical 3D Modelling for the past 4 years. He caters critical engineering challenges with ease and performs exhaustive procedures to develop robust, well-engineered and high performance designs. He can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming and tweaking designs.