Yesterday I was getting some part numbers reserved in the project log book on the server. The engineer newly in charge of that asked what size the drawings were (the spread sheet has a column for that)... The other engineer in the office stated from across the room "That doesn't matter anymore."
I long ago stopped drawing in different sizes. I have one template in SW that I use and it is set to D. I didn't even make a conscience decision to stop worrying about drawing size; it just kind'a stopped being important.
Your right Cabe... It would be an interesting experence to make things happen by grabbing virtual models and just changing them. The 'hands on virtual environment' will likely come too late for me to give it a try though. But I will tell you that moving to SW solid modeling has been one of the most enjoyable and personal productivity boosting advances that I've had the pleasure of. CAM/CNC machining has been another.
I'm sure the 'Iron Man' hobby shop from the movie will be AWESOME! Once it becomes a reality...
Lastly, I didn't like the drawing pad they had when I took AutoCadd classes in 1989. And I've never seen one used on the job here or in the other two shops I've work in since then. If people like the new doo-dads they buy'em. If not...
Agreed. However, there are still some 'older' technology tricks that still can be useful today. When i suggested that we make a full-scale 'paper-doll' mockup (paper template) to test for useability, I received some quizzical looks from the younger engineers. However, as soon as they saw the immediate value of this technique, they quickly became believers (and are now using this method on their design mockups).
I remember those days all too well, the aroma of ammonia and blue line reprints. In parallel with such times was actually using Bishop Graphics tape and adhesive pad patterns for PCB layout. In those times, engineering included everything done by hand, almost like performng surgery to construct the prototype of something from completely hand drawn documents. Having a TI scientific calculator was the extreme cutting edge tech tool. Attempting to explain any of this to the "20 somethings" of today is a fascinating experience . . .
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That reminds me of my first job as an engineering intern. The first year was spent the the print room - which along with the copy machine for making vellum prints had a blue line machine - good for breathing ammonia! Next came manual drafting. By that time, it was mostly used for updating old drawing or reusing them, but they were all ink. So using that power eraser was the only alternative.
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