CAD and 3D:
Before and After

You already know how CAD (computer-aided design) files are an important part of your design process. From conceptual design to layout, your products are quickly brought to life before your eyes.

Before computers, designers actually had to draw using rulers, paper and pencil. These files were first created to use in the design of automobiles. Today, they’re used in a wide variety of industries around the world. But a few elements are clearly missing when you recieve your CAD files.

“When we recieve CAD files, our first step is a complete overview to ensure we have everything we need,” said Shawn Letendre, technical specialist. “Next step is rounding edges, adding lighting, illustrating edges and so on. So many pieces of a product just don’t appear in these files, such as wiring and bolts.”

Designers are put to the test to bring textures and angles to life when it comes to illustrating these files.

“Nothing in real life is a perfect 90 degree angle,” Letendre said. “CAD files don’t come with soft, organic surfaces either. We often have to add and customize these based on the client’s needs. Not only that, but small parts like bolts will show up as a simple hexagon shape that needs rounding.”

CAD files are a great starting point for designers to take and run with. Cleaning these images up by using their products as reference points is a much easier and quicker process than starting from scratch.

CAD image with 3D effect comparison

Building a product accurately from scratch can take our designers a few weeks. That design time is cut down to just a few days with CAD files, saving you both money and time.

If you’re unable to send CAD files, send the product to us and we can take it from there. This is a similar process, depending on the complexity of the model. Regardless of which route you take, 3D allows your products to become easily visible with the ability to demonstrate usabilty for customers.

Ready to bring your CAD files to life?