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What to Look for When Hiring a CAD Drafting Service

    What to Look for When Hiring a CAD Drafting Service

    As an engineering or product design company, designing a project or product for a client is only a step along the process from conception to completion. Once you’ve developed a particular solution for the needs of the client, you must be able to accurately and professionally present your plans to both the client and any necessary third parties involved in construction or fabrication. This is where computer-aided drafting (CAD) comes in, the process in which the dimensions, scale, and important details of the project are drafted and visually presented using computer software.

    Because a CAD model allows the customer and your own engineering team to observe and verify the details of a certain project, it is essential that you contract a reputable and experienced drafting service provider. There are a few things you should be looking for when seeking out a CAD drafting service for your project.

    1. Experience

    First, you should find out how long they’ve been drafting and the quality of their previous work. CAD software requires a good deal of familiarity and experience to operate to its full potential, so a drafting company who has been in the business for a long time and consistently produces quality drawings will be desirable to most accurately represent the scope and details of your project. Don’t forget: the CAD model is essentially a visual summary of all the calculations and considerations you’ve done behind the scenes, and without a properly presented draft, the client won’t have confidence in your design or abilities if it cannot be effectively communicated, regardless of how accurate you know it to be.

    1. Project Size

    You should also consider the organizational size and structure of the company. Is it a one-man operation? A small group of drafters? A large-scale drafting operation with dozens of professional CAD operators? Depending on the size of your project, you want to find a CAD company that provides you with the peace of mind that it will be done well and on time. A larger company may have the benefit of multiple drafters collaborating and reviewing the plans, reducing the chances of errors or oversights in the drafting process. However, a smaller operation may provide services of adequate quality at a lesser price, making them ideal for smaller scale projects that they can safely accommodate. The scope of your project is a deciding factor in the type and size of CAD service you require.

    1. Price

    The last factor to consider is the price charged by the CAD services provider. The cost of drafting a project will be dependent on the scope of the project, so be sure to get a quote or estimate of the rate that they will charge, determining if they will charge hourly or on a per-project basis. Ensure that they will be able to complete the drafting in a timely manner, accounting for any and all potential revisions and changes.

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