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Promoting Better Communication Using 3D CAD Modeling

communication with 3D modeling

Communication plays a vital role when dealing with the product design and development process. In any engineering firm, communication is all about drawings, 3D models and prototypes that define the level of confidence in the product being developed. Any gap or misinterpretation at the departmental level or across the supply chain can lead to drastic changes in the design, and the final product can turn out to be entirely different that what was actually planned.

Although, it is hard to imagine today manufacturing organizations that do not incorporate CAD technology for their design requirements, there are certain areas that still do not utilize CAD features to its maximum.

While everyone knows that 3D modeling has changed the way product concepts are perceived and developed, several processes in the product development still utilize 2D drawings.

3D modeling has indeed helped designers to better visualize their product and place the concept in front of the management more effectively. However, at the shop floor, 2D still rules as dimensional information can be defined more accurately through 2D manufacturing drawings. 2D drawings are still used to communicate the design to supply vendors as well as with the manufacturing division.

Incorporating 3D throughout the product development process, right from conceptualization, manufacturing to marketing can improve communication across all the channels more effectively.

Here are few points that make 3D really worth to promote better communication in the manufacturing organization:

While 2D drawings do have their own importance, it is 3D that helps to better comprehend their product inside and outside the organization due to effective communication. 3D modeling as such is a useful tool and must always be encouraged whenever possible to gain benefits in product development and launching, especially in a competitive landscape.

Gaurang Trivedi

About Author: is engineering consultant at TrueCADD. Besides, donning multiple hats, as a website manager and marketing in charge, he also oversees the editorial content, coordinating and managing the website, its news sections, blogs and social media promotions as well.

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