Why Do We Use Computer Aided Design For Our Manufacturing?

March 30, 2017

design and keyboard

At Excelsior, we tend to use CAD software when using our rotomoulding process to create our products. While we’re not absolutely opposed to manual drafting, there are a good number of advantages that CAD design offers as opposed to drawing by hand.

CAD Drawings Ensure Accuracy

The thing about drawing by hand is that you’ve got to be absolutely, positively certain what you’re drawing before you get started. And with technical drawings, the margin for error is essentially zero. Each object needs to be individually verified and dimensioned – literally a centimetre can make all the difference between a successful product and a useless one! A mistake at the design stage can theoretically mean a whole product run is wasted. Just the thought of it makes us shiver! This can obviously be costly and time consuming, so technical artists have to make sure that every single dimension on their drawings are correct before they get started, right down to the very last digit. With Computer Aided Design, there are lots of techniques available to obtain exact dimensions, which means that we can be sure everything is absolutely accurate before we get started on the roto moulding process.

We Achieve Greater Efficiency With Computer Aided Design

Of course, you need more than just a pencil and a bit of paper for a good technical drawing. Humans aren’t known for our natural ability to flawlessly calculate angles – we need stuff like scales, compasses, parallel rules and templates before we can reliably make everything fit together. CAD design eliminates the need for all that, as it’s all built into the program. The computer does most of the heavy lifting in terms of working out the angles – as long as we make sure we’re giving it the right information, it saves us huge amounts of effort and time. It also gives us greater flexibility if we find we have to make any changes or revisions to the design. There’s no painstaking application of an eraser necessary – all it takes is a few clicks to undo a few things here and there, and bob’s your uncle! Again, saves us tons of time and it’s a lot less stressful to boot.

Storage And Accessibility

Let’s be honest: even with the utmost care, there’s a lot of catastrophes that can befall a paper copy of something. Maybe it gets lost, incorrectly filed, or maybe you put your coffee down at just the wrong moment. As you can imagine, we’re incredibly careful with our cups of coffee here at Excelsior, but it doesn’t change the fact that a digital copy of a design is just so much less – well, vulnerable than a paper copy. They can also be cloned, saved and distributed with far less time and effort, and due to saving on paper, they’re environmentally friendly too. Not bad, all in all!

We could go on about the benefits of CAD drawing, but we think you get the gist. If you’ve got a product you need fabricating, look no further than Excelsior. CAD drawing is just a part of our overall contract moulding process, and we’re proud to be the people who make your plastic products a reality. Get in touch by calling us on 0161 765 2010 to find out how we can help you today!

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