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.
I added Rhino with V-Ray to the programs I use for Design, Fabrication Drawings, and Rendering
“Using Rhino is like using SketchUp and AutoCAD at the same time.”
VectorWorks is one of the first CAD programs I used because of its user-friendly format. It’s great for creating 3D designs, Presentations, and drafting. As a technical designer, I get a lot of projects that were designed in VectorWorks. I prefer to start my work with the original VectorWorks file, so I can see the context of the design. Many times I get a PDF file and a DWG file that were exported from Vectorworks: the DWG file doesn’t look at all like the PDF. VectorWorks also exports curves as splines instead of polylines. I own VectorWorks Designer, which includes Spotlight, Architecture, and Landscape. Ironically, my favorite Vectorworks project was using Landscape. I designed an extensive excavation plan for my barn, located on a hill behind my house at an elevation 35 ft above the house, which needed a 250 ft road. Vectorworks was my primary CAD program for many years.
My workflow consists of using AutoCad, SketchUp and VectorWorks either as stand alone programs or using them together. I create 3D models that produce 2D Draftings as well as create 2d orthographic projections. I can produce AutoCad files for CNC and Waterjet output.