My company is changing from 2d to 3d CAD. We have thousands of 2d dwg files (mostly of single parts, no assy dwgs). The dwg files are currently organized by sequential part number on computer.
For the most part, new designs will be done as 3d models and assemblies, except when they can be done quickly as revisions to the 2d dwg. We are having some problems defining the engineering process for generating CAD models, drawings from those models, releasing/filing the drawings and models (who does what, when, and how?).
It is a small engineering dept with 4 mech engineers & 1 drafter. In the past, engineers here have marked up 2d paper dwgs and the drafter has made all 2d CAD changes. I came from a company where engineers created their own solid 3d models and the drafter generated 2d detail dwgs from the solid. The engineer would also sometimes generate the 2d dwgs from the solid model.
The question I have, based on your experiences, who should do what? What is the best way to handle a drawing release? I propose for engineers to be accountable for their own 3d design files and then at the time of release transfer the computer files from their own "working" folders to the designated folder for released work. Same for 2d dwgs. When making a revision to a model/dwg, engineers can "check out" or make a copy of a file in their "working directory" and can replace the original only when going through the final release process. Anyone have any ideas on such a large topic? or know of resources (books, procedures, publications, websites, etc) I may be able to reference? Thanks in advance.