What to Look for When Hiring a CAD Drafter
3 Important Things You Need Know When Hiring CAD Offshoring Services
As an engineering or product design company, designing a project or product for a client is only a step along the process from conception to completion. Once you’ve developed a particular solution for the needs of the client, you must be able to accurately and professionally present your plans to both the client and any necessary third parties involved in construction or fabrication. This is where computer-aided drafting (CAD) comes in, the process in which the dimensions, scale, and important details of the project are drafted and visually presented using computer software.
Because a CAD model allows the customer and your own engineering team to observe and verify the details of a certain project, it is essential that you hire a reputable and experienced drafting team provider. There are a few things you should be looking for when outsourcing your team.
First, you should find out how long they’ve been drafting and the quality of their previous work. CAD software requires a good deal of familiarity and experience to operate to its full potential, so a drafting company who has been in the business for a long time and consistently produces quality drawings will be desirable to most accurately represent the scope and details of your project. Don’t forget: the CAD model is essentially a visual summary of all the calculations and considerations you’ve done behind the scenes, and without a properly presented draft, the client won’t have confidence in your design or abilities if it cannot be effectively communicated, regardless of how accurate you know it to be.
- Project Size
You should also consider the type of projects that they have done. Is it a one-man operation? A small group of drafters? Being part of a large scale drafting operation with dozens of professional CAD operators? Depending on the size of your project, you want to find a CAD engineer that provides you with the peace of mind that it will be done well and on time. The scope of your project is a deciding factor in the type and size of CAD service you require.
The last factor to consider is the price. Hiring your own offshore team is actually cheaper but still works like a regular employee of your company.