8 Reasons Why You Should Convert Paper Drawings to CAD
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Posted By HandtoCAD on Feb 25, 2020
8 Reasons Why You Should Convert Paper Drawings to CADFor years, draftsmen designed by using pencil on paper, but today most design work is computer driven via CAD programs. Nonetheless, there remains a large store of various paper design drawings in many organizations. These paper drawings are at risk of being lost forever if they are not converted to digital CAD files. Digital documents are permanent. Paper documents fade, tear or otherwise deteriorate. Paper drawings also take large amounts of storage space to maintain, while digital CAD drawings can be easily stored in low cost computer memory or cloud storage. These digital drawings are secure, non-fading, searchable, and can be seen by mMultiple users at the same time. Scanning paper drawings has become the norm in most design industries. There are a number of reasons why companies choose to convert their paper drawings to CAD. Why to convert your designs from paper to CAD The chance of data damage or loss is negligible Reduced cost of revisions Reduced cost of storage Creation of a standard digital filing system The drawings are of high quality and accurate Retrieval and printing of electronic documents take less time CAD drawings can be systematically maintained at a consistent level of quality Ease of inclusion in EDM and PDM systems. How to convert your designs from paper to CAD The easiest way to convert paper to CAD is by scanning the paper drawings and then converting the scanned raster images to CAD files. It's not hard to convert the paper drawings -- the problem is that not many organizations have the experienced or the equipment to do a good job. That's why many companies outsource the paper to CAD process. It is critical that the paper to CAD conversion starts with a good, clean scan, because the image quality is important to the final product. If two lines are blended and look like a single line in a scan, that'll give you an inaccurate CAD file. Next, the scanned image needs to be converted to your specific CAD vector format – AutoCAD or one of the other CAD programs that are available. Often, this process employs a number of different techniques including heads up digitizing, commercial R to V software, custom written CAD conversion scripts and software, or some combination of all three. An experienced CAD conversion outsource company will be able to determine the method that provides the best end result for your type of drawings. How to Choose a CAD Conversion Outsource So you’re thinking about outsourcing your CAD Conversion work in order to save your company time and money. But, how do you choose the right CAD Conversion Outsource? First, what type of CAD outsourcing do you need? Are you looking for a source that will scan paper drawings and convert them to CAD? Are you looking for someone to convert raster files to vector? Or convert one CAD file to another? Or go from 2D to 3D CAD? If you’re looking for one particular type of conversion, and have a small project, you may be able to find a single individual that you can hire on an outsource basis who has the skills that you need. However, if you’re looking for a variety of CAD conversion jobs, or a sophisticated service, such as converting 2D to 3D, or if you have more than just a few drawings, then you’ll likely do better finding a company with varied experience and expertise. An internet search is a great place to start looking. We suggest starting with a list of 6-10 possible companies, then narrowing them down to 3-5 that you want to get quotes from. Just how do you narrow your initial list down and then choose that final offer? Here are a few guidelines: Look for a vendor that has handled similar projects in the past. This will show that they have the capabilities that you need no matter how big or how small your project is. Make sure that they have sufficient manpower and capabilities to get your project completed in the time frame you require. Ask about the certifications they have and whether they have more than one employee with the same or similar certifications. You don’t want your project stopped mid-stream if someone gets sick or leaves the company. Find out what type of facilities they have. Redundancy in computer equipment and scanning equipment is always a plus. Lowest cost is not necessarily the best choice. Smaller companies may offer a lower bid, but you’re not saving money if they don’t have the manpower or experience to handle your project. Ask for references from past clients who have had projects that most resemble your project and budge. This will give you a better idea about what it’s like to work with that CAD outsourcing company. In the end, it comes down to choosing the CAD conversion outsource company that you’re most comfortable with. Especially if this is your first time for CAD outsourcing, it’s important to find an outsource that you can trust. You’ll be sending them your project assets and you want to rest easily knowing that they’ll take care of them Customer service and accurate work are paramount to a CAD conversion company. The end result is heavily affected by the client-vendor working experience. Outsourcing relies a lot on contact through exchanging ideas, sending understandable feedback, and working together to make the project a success. If you’re not comfortable dealing with the people you’re outsourcing to, it simply won’t work, because you won’t want to interact with them.