Paper to CAD conversion is increasingly becoming a popular outsourcing service for manufacturers to restore design information of old and obsolete parts digitally. While the process of CAD conversion can be performed in-house, most companies prefer to offshore these activities to engineering consultants that offer cost-effective solutions.
Outsourcing CAD conversion is indeed a good strategy for manufacturers rather than investing in resources, as offshore service providers can execute projects faster, helping manufacturers to improve their operational efficiency. It is important however, to select the right outsourcing partner before deciding to give critical design information in the hands of third parties.
Some of the important things to consider while selecting the outsourcing partner for your CAD conversion requirements are described below:
One of the important points to consider while hiring an offshore CAD partner is to look for the past experience the firm has developed. Try to look for their previous work and feedback from their existing customers. A reputed CAD firm mostly keeps an updated website, where you can check out their completed projects and existing clients. Performing this check will help you in ensuring that your design information is in the right hands.
Your offshore partner must have adequate infrastructure capability and professional resources to handle CAD projects successfully. Additionally, it is important that your partner has the required software to carry out the conversion process. The quality of conversion process relies heavily on the skills of the operator and the available software. Before giving out all the files, ask for a pilot project to measure the service against the price you will be paying.
Capability to handle large volumes
Since CAD conversion process is largely applied to convert the design information into digital formats, most companies require large volumes of old hand drawn design data to be converted into CAD formats. This requires the outsourcing service provider to have enough capability and capacity to address large volumes. Selecting a partner simply on the basis of low cost might turn you into trouble, if they are not equipped enough to perform conversion operations on large scale. As such, ask your partner to showcase some of the projects and capabilities that describe their services on a large scale basis.
Security and Cost
Giving away design information of critical components to third parties often involves risks of intellectual property infringement. It is always better to choose a partner that agrees to sign a non-disclosure agreement, to ensure that your design information is in the right hands. Moreover, it is also important to select the partner based on cost of services offered. It is not always true that paying more would yield better services. There are well-reputed outsourcing service providers that offer CAD conversion services at cost-effective rates as well.
About the Author: Prahlad Parmar is an Engineering Specialist working at Mechanical 3D Modelling for the past 4 years. He caters critical engineering challenges with ease and performs exhaustive procedures to develop robust, well-engineered and high performance designs. He can always be found in the lab discussing, brainstorming and tweaking designs.