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Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Hi All, I'm looking at various design enginner/ draughtsman jobs and what I notice a few companies doing is creating models and assemblies in solidworks and then doing the drawings in autocad. Is anyone familiar with this and why would it be done- I can see no benefit in this what so ever!http://www.eng-tips.com/threadminder.cfm?pid=559&a...

RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Speaking as an employee of a company that has transitioned from AutoCAD to SW, the ONLY advantage I can see is that the new drawings can be stored, handled, and manipulated by the same system they've been using. It also means the drawings can be edited by someone who does not have SW. It also means that once the drawings are in AutoCAD the link to the original 3D model is gone. That's why we decided to create a whole new network folder and file naming convention just for designs done in SW. If a company did not do that they would have no choice but to continue to produce all drawings in AutoCAD. Seems like a HUGE waste of the investment in SW to me.

RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Cumbersome legacy processes and users are usually the reason.

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RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

I personally see no benefit making SolidWorks models then drawings in ACAD.
Why not make the drawings from the associated model in SW?

The only time we use ACAD is to bring in legacy files (as MadMango mentioned), then import them into SW. We will also create the parts/assy's in SW as time permits.
Then, the ACAD file is archived.

Chris, CSWA
SolidWorks '15
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RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Bottom feeders

RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Its just plain crazy. We have tried it for one client that has strict policies on the drawings and it really kills the benefit of 3D modeling in my view. Far too easy for errors to creep into the design.

RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Unless I was truly desperate, I would avoid becoming an employee of a company which used such an illogical & time wasting practice.

It wouldn't be so bad if they created the models & drawings in SW and then exported to DXF or DWG.

RE: Model in SolidWorks, draught in Autocad

Thanks everyone for the responses!

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