At first CAD drawings simply replaced pencil lines on paper with two-dimensional lines on a computer screen. Then the data was printed out on paper and passed along to the people that needed the information.
Why didn’t you just post them on Instagram?
I’m not even going to go there.
Once 3D CAD modeling was introduced, things changed again. Now most functions used to create CAD drawings can be automated. With a 3D model as the main source of data, drawing views could be placed instantly, notes and information could have some intelligence built in, and even the drawing format itself could be “smart”. When there was a change to the 3D CAD model, the drawing views and information would update automatically in real-time.
But there was still a problem – sharing the information.
No Facebook? No Twitter?? Really???
Like I said before, most CAD drawings were printed to paper and handed off so parts could be made. This worked just fine if the person making your parts worked in the same building, or was willing to wait while you rolled the drawings up, stuffed them in a round tube, and sent them via mail. Later, email came into wider use, and copies of drawings were now easily sent electronically. And there’s one of the problems I mentioned earlier.
All of a sudden, it was easy to send multiple copies of the same file to many different people for quoting or manufacturing. But if something changed in the design, it was extremely difficult to make sure that everyone gets the updated information. There were too many electronic copies floating around and no one was absolutely sure which was the most recent and correct.
And now I suppose you’re going to tell us there’s an Onshape connection to all of this?
Of course, I love Onshape! Onshape solves the problem of multiple copies with one source of truth because it’s cloud-native CAD and creates cloud-native CAD drawings. Onshape users have a variety of options to quickly and safely share data – including drawings – with just a couple of mouse clicks. There are options to share data with certain permissions, and everyone is always seeing and working with the latest and most up-to-date information to which they are permitted.
Tell us more about Onshape Drawings PopPop.
She never learns.
That’s one of my favorite topics Jenny, thanks for asking. Onshape CAD produces production-ready drawings for parts and assemblies and leverages industry standards for detailing and manufacturing.
Only Onshape’s cloud-native platform provides the flexibility to share custom CAD drawing templates between users on any platform including iPad, iPhone, and Android. Onshape offers all that plus built-in Release Management with automatic part numbering and customizable revision schemes.
I know, I know, that sounds like a paragraph right off the company website. What I meant to say is Onshape is a great tool for CAD drawings and so much more. I can go on if you like, or you can learn more about it on the Onshape site.
Running for the nearest device with a web browser.
If I have anything to say about it, all these kids are going into engineering careers.
Disclaimer: This story is only about 80% true. I am not a grandparent yet but you might be pleased to know that I will be soon. I did start my career on the drawing board after four years of high school drafting classes, and I have enjoyed creating every single one of the many thousands of mechanical drawings (both hand-drawn and computer-generated) that I have produced over my career. I also like a good barbecue.