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Message No. 4350, Started by marks on 09/28/00
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.
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Follow-up Messages (16)
We are currently using Solid Edge with a whole pile of legacy AutoCAD drawi...
No. 6528, Posted by seumas on 03/22/01, 06:01 PST.
I meant software hooks, meaning documented software subroutine entry points...
No. 6514, Posted by rorschach on 03/21/01, 10:25 PST.
Hello Rorschach, I am currently analyzing PDM softwares from various com...
No. 6493, Posted by mpcltrans on 03/20/01, 17:13 PST.
I tend to agree in general with rorschach that engineers have the ability t...
No. 4491, Posted by mscheller on 10/04/00, 11:12 PST.
I think it is the engineer or designer that should be responsible for the m...
No. 4487, Posted by rorschach on 10/04/00, 10:54 PST.
Thank you all for the input! I appreciate your advice. I too agree with the...
No. 4432, Posted by marks on 10/02/00, 11:48 PST.
mscheller is absolutely correct, which is why we are spending most of the d...
No. 4431, Posted by rorschach on 10/02/00, 11:03 PST.
Your idea to transfer files to "released" directories will work very well! ...
No. 4427, Posted by mscheller on 10/02/00, 08:44 PST.
I agree with greg, look at solid edge it's what my company has been using f...
No. 4403, Posted by sagainfin on 09/29/00, 12:21 PST.
Regarding PDM, I have never used a formal PDM system except for the basic s...
No. 4401, Posted by marks on 09/29/00, 11:01 PST.
on the subject of PDM systems, we had a cheezy off-the-shelf system that we...
No. 4396, Posted by rorschach on 09/29/00, 10:26 PST.
I do not know of a viewer that will do both but Auodesk And Solidworks both...
No. 4395, Posted by rorschach on 09/29/00, 10:18 PST.
I'm not sure if your directing your question at me, but... We are only u...
No. 4394, Posted by gjacc on 09/29/00, 09:53 PST.
In your experience of migrating from 2d to 3d, how did you choose which 2d ...
No. 4393, Posted by marks on 09/29/00, 09:39 PST.
Have you considered mid-level CAD packages like Solid Edge or Solidworks? ...
No. 4360, Posted by gjacc on 09/28/00, 11:54 PST.
The method you propose of checking in and checking out drawings and models...
No. 4353, Posted by dr funda on 09/28/00, 10:11 PST.
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