Graphics Programs Reference
Design Development Advantages - Concept, Embodiment and
Detail Design Benefits
• Greater quality and accuracy during detail design, with fewer errors than 2D drawing.
This is achievable because it is possible to see how parts interact and fit together from
multiple directions and views. Subsequently, you can avoid common mistakes in 2D
CAD, like the misinterpretation of fine details on multiple layers.
• Increased confidence in component and assembly design, as they can be checked, ana-
lysed and reviewed thoroughly.
• Rapid modifications and engineering changes with alterations to 3D models automat-
ically updating 2D drawings. Related to this is semi-automatic revision control, which
is common to most decent CAD packages. This enables quick customisation of standard
products to meet specific customer needs.
• Rapid generation of Bills of Materials (BOMs) and data outsourced to production
• Design integrity is maintained, as the same CAD data can be reused and remains di-
mensionally accurate, regardless of how often or where it's utilized.
• 3D CAD reduces the duplication of effort by using common parts stored in a standard
part library, as well as downloading bought-out 3D parts. Many suppliers offer 3D parts
catalogues alongside their traditional trade publications. All these options raise productiv-
ity, whilst dramatically shortening development cycles and time to market.
• Concepts and design ideas can quickly be mocked up to provide options and inform
development decision making. In this way 'what if' scenarios can be recreated and re-
• Dramatically improved communication. The ability to conveniently share digital in-
formation with other departments within the business, as well as outsource to suppliers
and other stakeholders.
• Specialist Design Modules exist to speed up the development of products and systems
that may be routine within your business. These include sheet metal design, tube and pip-