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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.


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.