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Technical Designer

I build virtual prototypes on the computer of objects that will be built on the shop floor. Full-scale layouts are generated from my 3D models as well as parts drawings and fabrication drawing. 3D drawings on the shop floor make easier for the crew to clearly understand what they are building. Dimensioning the 3d model is a great way of minimizing errors. The best of both worlds is a 3D model and an orthographic projection on the same sheet of drafting.

The 3D model clarifies details that are not clear on the original design drawings. Whether the project is scenery for the theatre or architectural millwork building experience is crucial for the technical designer to be able to draw accurate plans.


AutoCAD is my anchor program that I use to scale drawings such as PDFs, Illustrator, or other CAD programs. My experience with using AutoCAD is both extensive and intensive because I have done so many projects in AutoCAD. I do most of my preliminary work in AutoCAD and use it to produce many of my 2D drawings sets. The import and export functions in AutoCAD make working with other CAD programs possible. AutoCAD is the glue that ties together the SketchUp files, VectorWorks files, Rhino files, PDF files, and Illustrator files that I get from project managers.

Model Space Screen Shots Working in AutoCAD