3D CAD Software For Designers and Fitters


3D CAD Software For Designers and Fitters

More and more carpenters, kitchen and bathroom fitters, shop and interior designers, landscape gardeners and builders of decking and wood barns and are realising the need and benefits of coming off the drawing board and using a CAD system as their main design tool. The long term benefits are substantial in terms of time and cost and learning how to plan in some CAD packages is fairly easy for anyone in these businesses, especially those used to reading plans.

Some CAD programmes are exclusively 2D, but more and more these days clients want the ability to be able to view designs in 3D to get a clear idea of the finished look of the building and this is now possible with software costing about the same as a drawing board. It is also possible to photograph an existing interior, building or plot of land, import the picture into your computer, (this operation takes two minutes), and superimpose your revised design to present to the client. This level of technology, while easily learnt, gives any  drafting services designer / builder an edge over competitors, especially if the opposition are still relying on 2D drawings.

The first steps in putting the design together are no different on a computer than it is at the drawing board. There are a few lessons to be learnt, but for many packages this can take only a day and there is often on line or telephone help when stuck. The three big advantages to coming off the drawing board are firstly that mistakes and changes are easily corrected. Secondly, components used on a regular basis can be stored and simply dropped in, no need to re-draw each time. Thirdly, drawings can be electronically sent to clients, manufactures or possibly local authorities via the planning portal, for planning permission and comment.

Most designs, in all areas of construction, will need to be changed at some point to a greater or lesser degree. It may be the client changing their mind or the local authorities laying down restrictions. In the past this may have meant starting again with a new drawing but with a CAD drawing this is achieved painlessly by simply updating your drawing. Because it’s easy to edit it is also easy to present the client with variations on a basic design without having to draw each one individually. Different colour combinations or wood finishes can be displayed with two clicks of the mouse and after a while being able to ‘walk through’ your proposed design will impress and win the contract.

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