Computer – Aided Design (CAD) Services  Image Credit: RPMaustin | Monroe Manufacturing | 247 Cadout Sourcing   Computer-aided design (CAD) services assist in the computerized design, three-dimensional (3D) modeling, and printing and drafting of engineering components and assemblies. Computer-aided (CAD) services include specialized programs that help operators draw schematics for printed circuit boards (PCB), electronic or mechanical components, and systems for computer...
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Q & A on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services

We asked our users for their input on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services. Here are the results of 136 users familiar with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing CAD Services?
26 answers
Answers:
Enterprise software, geometry-driven configurations, standardization of solid state hard drives.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Quick modeling with full details & BOM generation, Interaction with data base ERP/SAP.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
Global network Knowledge database Small interface terminal (like iPad)
~Engineering, Design, Nagoya, Japan
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative CAD Services?
26 answers
Answers:
Frontline PCB Solutions, AutoDesk, SolidWorks.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Skopje, Macedonia
Dassualt Systemes Autodesk
~Oladapo O, Design Engineer, Lagos, Nigeria
Autocad, sketch up, solidworks
~Felix M., Design Engineer, Immokalee, FL
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used CAD Services for?
35 answers
Answers:
Produce drawing for regenerative flywheel braking system, produce Model Swamp Vehicle, produce Old Timer Toy Car.
~Manufacturing, Selangor, Malaysia
US Army corps of engineering Afghanistan Engineering District (AED) construction projects
~Architect/Builder/Contractor, Kabul, Afghanistan
Designing agricultural machinery maize planters, roller seeders, post drivers, and so on.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Hamilton, New Zealand
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that CAD Services have been used for.
8 answers
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Wiring in informal sectors
~Engineering, Other, Mombasa, Kenya
Creation of plastic bottles
~Brian B, Design Engineer, Valparaiso, IN
Knowledge based engineering.
~Xavier D, Project Manager, Valenciennes, France
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of CAD Services?
5 answers
Answers:
20 hrs of lost data from broken links- Turbo Cad Mac-
~John B., Self used CAD, St. Paul, MN
This is typically reserved to situations in older 2D formats or enterprise software networking.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
On a human level, no. On a financial level, yes.
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
17 answers
Answers:
A software that will take Auto-CAD and convert it to a 3D solid model; not a dummy solid. We can do this manually - i would like to see it automated.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Mold flow analysis and design.
~Oladapo O, Design Engineer, Lagos, Nigeria
Interactive design, drag & drop libraries.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of CAD Services?
8 answers
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Be very clear with the deliverable; do not assume that your design service provider is automatically going to deliver rapid prototype parts if the topic was never breached.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Define clearly the basics (for ex. if you want N drawings from a 3D CAD model, ask your provider to build only one 3D model and not N). Take care about the units.
~Xavier D, Project Manager, Valenciennes, France
The best tube jockeys are usually the worst designers.
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using CAD Services?
11 answers
Answers:
Compare your actual cost of IMPLEMENTING the software EFFECTIVELY, including the cost of the hardware and designer and compare it to a quote from a CAD service company to determine if learning CAD is worth the cost of the learning curve. Our clients all need CAD; but there are 2 distinct customers: 1) In-house engineering departments are too rigid and slow for product - to - market development and 2) Customers can outsource all CAD (including headaches) for $10 - $15k annually versus a minimum of $40k in implementation in year 1.
~Richard A, Design Engineer, Denver, CO
Go for the experienced. Pay for the right person, since he gives you better platform.
~Ramanand kini K, Engineering Consultant, Bangalore, India
Try to be very good with one program rather than confusing many programs.
~Angelos I, Production Engineer, Nafplio, Greece
How easy- expensive is this/that CAD able to link to CAM?
~John B., Self used CAD, St. Paul, MN
What do you want to get your client?
~Felix M., Design Engineer, Immokalee, FL
If you can imagine it, it can happen with CAD
~Brian B, Design Engineer, Valparaiso, IN
Nothing 'coz ev'ry body used a cad.
~Edward D, Cad designer, Angeles city, Philippines
Clear specification
~Research & Development, Louisville, KY
Learn the product
~Barney H, Engineer, Sunninghill, South Africa
Its a great tool.
~Project Management, Perth, Australia
Brace yourself
~Jim T, Design Engineer, Poughkeepsie, NY


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