Advantages And Disadvantages Of 2D CAD
November 20, 2017
2D CAD has been around for many years and is a software solution which is now used in a several industries throughout the world. Used mostly in the building industry, we see this type of software being used by architects, builders, structural companies, interior designers, landscapers and more. We are even seeing 2D CAD being introduced into the fashion industry and more.
There are many benefits and disadvantages to using 2D CAD. Knowing these benefits and seeing the pitfalls can help you find if this is the right choice for you and your company now and moving forward.
Looking at the advantages first, because the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to using 2D CAD. The first advantage is the amount of time you can save. Up until this type of software was introduced a number of years ago, the only way to give a detailed drawing was to do it by hand. This saw architects wasting hours of their day drawing one home, rubbing out mistakes, sometimes having to start from scratch. This left one original drawing which was used time and time again by the owners, builders and more with poor quality photocopies made which needed to be relied on to give a building that was structurally sound and stable moving forward. Now the drawing takes a few hours, making chances is quick and easy and it saves time in the long run.
The next advantage to bear in mind is that with 2D CAD a company can produce a product in a fraction of the time. From the first design concept through to see the product on the shelf takes a fraction of time compared to when it was drawn by hand and then produced, only to find mistakes and having to start again.
As you can imagine with a software solution costly mistakes are avoided, as the drawing is detailed and to the point, eliminating any guesswork and ensuring that each step of the process is correct before you go ahead. This saves time and money in the long run.
In addition to this, you will find that using a 2D CAD will help reduce manufacturing times. This is due to the fact that the drawing has given detailed instructions on what is needed and has already ensured that the product works properly. This means that you know what you need before manufacturing begins, enabling you to get the product on the shelf quickly and effectively.
You get to see your concept before it is made or built, this helps you make sure you have everything correct before you start, ensuring that the process runs smoothly. In addition to that, you find that with 2D CAD, your drawings are of a high quality, it is more professionals when showcasing the designs to your clients.
Finally, the advantage to this software is that you can make changes and apply new ideas with ease without having to start from scratch. Another time-saving option.
As mentioned there are some disadvantages to 2D CAD that you need to be aware of. Knowing the disadvantages helps you identify if this is the right choice for you and your company moving forward.
The first disadvantage of 2D CAD is the training needed. 2D CAD will take some getting used to and you may have to invest in training to make sure the team all know how the system works before it is introduced to the company.
The second and last disadvantage that you may find, depending on which software you buy, is the price. 2D CAD tends to be on the pricey side, but you need to look at the benefits and what they can give to you before making your final decision.