11 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2017 10:42 AM by S. Casale

    View on drawings, part deux

    Peter Brinkhuis

      Welcome to part two in my quest to find out how SolidWorks users create drawings. Part one can be found here and the responses there were already enlightening, it showed no two companies create their drawings in the same way.

       

      I've now created a short survey with 10 questions to dig a little deeper. I'm curious to know what features, views and tables and often or rarely used. I assume >80% of people put a 3D view in the top right corner and a title block in the lower right corner, but is that really the case? I'd love three minutes of your time.

       

      http://www.questionpro.com/t/ANLf2ZYsKS

       

      I'll share the results afterwards so we can all learn from it once again

        • Re: View on drawings, part deux
          S. Casale

          How about post your survey here so we don't have to go to a different site?

          • Re: View on drawings, part deux
            John Stoltzfus

            I'm with S. Casale on this one - most users have internet restrictions....

            • Re: View on drawings, part deux
              Bernie Daraz

              I agree with the reluctance to view and post on an external site with regards to a survey, they are known as email address harvesters. The admins should create such a facility here.

              • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                Jim Steinmeyer

                I felt the need to specify that while we make weldments in the shop, we create assemblies and use BOMs. Never weldments with cut lists. We also have the weldment/assembly on it's own sheet with all piece parts on their own separate sheets. And it has been that way at ALL 5 places I have worked.

                • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                  Bjorn Hulman

                  It makes sense to have a proper survey engine do a survey. The site Peter Brinkhuis used didn't ask for my email so I gave it a crack. I'd have exited if some sort of registration was required.

                    • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                      Peter Brinkhuis

                      Yeah there's nothing to fill out other than the answers themselves I must admit I didn't consider the reluctance to go to another site or browsing restrictions. The reason I chose to use an existing product is that the questions and answers are more structured. It's not done to hide the results or something, that's why I'm publishing them here afterwards as well.

                    • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                      Peter Brinkhuis

                      To accommodate those with browsing restrictions (I feel your pain by the way ) and other who prefer not to use the QuestionPro link, here are my ten questions. I'll add the info to the survey myself if you don't mind so all the results are in the same place.

                       

                      It would be great if this topic could become as great as the first one. I realize that it will never be if I only ask for replies on the survey.

                       

                      1: How many drawings do you create in a week on average? (Select one option)

                      1. Less than 5
                      2. 5 to 10
                      3. 11 to 25
                      4. 25 to 50
                      5. More than 50

                       

                      2: How would you rank the complexity of the models that you design? You can divide 100% across the three options.

                      1. Low complexity
                      2. Medium complexity
                      3. High complexity

                       

                      3: How many sheets do you use for drawings? (Select one option)

                      1. Always one sheet
                      2. Always multiple sheets
                      3. Multiple sheets when necessary
                      4. Other:

                       

                      4: What is the location of  the title block (with your company logo, part name, materials etc) on your drawings? (Select one option)

                      1. Bottom left
                      2. Bottom right
                      3. Top left
                      4. Top right
                      5. Across bottom
                      6. Across left side
                      7. Across top
                      8. Across right side
                      9. Other:

                       

                      5: What percentage of your drawings contain the following items? (Percentage per option)

                      1. 3D view (isometric, trimetric, dimetric, current mode view):
                      2. Blocks:
                      3. Exploded view (percentage of assembly drawings):

                       

                      6: Which 3D views do you use often? (Multiple options possible)

                      1. Current model view
                      2. Dimetric
                      3. Trimetric
                      4. Isometric
                      5. Whichever looks the best for that model
                      6. Other:

                       

                      7: Which of these tables do you often place on drawings? (Multiple options possible)

                      • Bend table
                      • Bill of materials
                      • Design table
                      • Excel based bill of materials
                      • General table
                      • Hole table
                      • Punch table
                      • Revision table
                      • Weld table
                      • Weldment cut list

                       

                      8: Which part types do you create often? (Multiple options possible)

                      1. Milled parts
                      2. Molds
                      3. Injection molded parts
                      4. Sheet metal
                      5. Turned parts
                      6. Weldments
                      7. Other

                       

                      9: Regarding sheet metal parts: how do you create DWG or DXF files for suppliers? (Select one option)

                      1. We add an empty sheet to a drawing and export that sheet only
                      2. We export the complete drawing and let them scale it
                      3. We create an export from the part model directly
                      4. We have a server that creates these files for us
                      5. We only send the supplier STEP files
                      6. I don’t know
                      7. We don't create sheet metal parts
                      8. Other:

                       

                      10: How do you format drawings of weldments? (Select one option)

                      1. Single sheet: whole weldment and a cut list
                      2. Single sheet: whole weldment plus views of individual items
                      3. Multiple sheets: sheet for weldment, other sheets with multiple items per sheet
                      4. Multiple sheets: sheet for weldment, other sheets with single item per sheet
                      5. We don't create weldment parts
                      6. Other
                        • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                          John Stoltzfus

                          Thanks Peter for posting it here...

                           

                          Peter Brinkhuis wrote:

                           

                          1: How many drawings do you create in a week on average? (Select one option)

                          5 to 10

                           

                          2: How would you rank the complexity of the models that you design? Please make sure the sum equals 100%.

                          1. Low complexity

                           

                          3: How many sheets do you use for drawings? (Select one option)

                          1. Always multiple sheets

                           

                          4: What is the location of the title block (with your company logo, part name, materials etc) on your drawings? (Select one option)

                          1. Across bottom

                          5: What percentage of your drawings contain the following items? (Percentage per option)

                          1. 3D view (isometric, trimetric, dimetric, current mode view):  100%
                          2. Blocks: 90%
                          3. Exploded view (percentage of assembly drawings): 50%

                           

                          6: Which 3D views do you use often? (Multiple options possible)

                          1. Isometric

                           

                          7: Which of these tables do you often place on drawings? (Multiple options possible)

                          • Bill of materials
                          • Revision table

                           

                           

                          8: Which part types do you create often? (Multiple options possible)

                          1. Milled parts
                          2. Turned parts
                          3. Other
                          • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                            Bernie Daraz

                            1:5 to 10

                             

                            2:50% Low complexity

                               50% Medium complexity

                             

                            3:Multiple sheets when necessary

                             

                            4:Bottom left

                             

                            5:100%  3D view

                            Standard views

                            Exploded

                             

                            6:Isometric

                              

                            7:Bill of materials

                               Weldment cut list

                               Revision table

                             

                            8:Sheet metal

                               Milled parts

                               Turned parts

                             

                            9: Other: Export the flat in DXF

                            Then ask for their programming system flat pattern exported as DXF and overlay them for a quick inspection

                             

                            10: We don't create weldment parts (too often)

                            • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                              Dan Pihlaja

                              1: How many drawings do you create in a week on average? (Select one option)

                               

                              11 to 25

                               

                              2: How would you rank the complexity of the models that you design? You can divide 100% across the three options.

                               

                              Medium complexity - 70%

                              High complexity - 30%

                               

                               

                              3: How many sheets do you use for drawings? (Select one option)

                               

                               

                              Multiple sheets when necessary

                               

                               

                              4: What is the location of  the title block (with your company logo, part name, materials etc) on your drawings? (Select one option)

                              Bottom right

                               

                               

                              5: What percentage of your drawings contain the following items? (Percentage per option)

                              1. 3D view (isometric, trimetric, dimetric, current mode view): 100%
                              2. Blocks: 0%
                              3. Exploded view (percentage of assembly drawings):100%

                               

                              6: Which 3D views do you use often? (Multiple options possible)

                               

                              Isometric

                               

                              7: Which of these tables do you often place on drawings? (Multiple options possible)

                              Bill of materials

                              Hole table

                              Revision table

                               

                              8: Which part types do you create often? (Multiple options possible)

                              Milled parts

                               

                              Sheet metal

                              Turned parts

                               

                               

                              9: Regarding sheet metal parts: how do you create DWG or DXF files for suppliers? (Select one option)

                              We create an export from the part model directly

                               

                               

                              10: How do you format drawings of weldments? (Select one option)

                               

                              We don't create weldment parts

                              • Re: View on drawings, part deux
                                S. Casale

                                Answers are company wide, not just myself.

                                1: How many drawings do you create in a week on average? (Select one option)

                                11 to 25 or 25 -50 depending on the week.

                                2: How would you rank the complexity of the models that you design? You can divide 100% across the three options.

                                Low complexity 10%

                                Medium complexity 50%

                                High complexity 40%

                                3: How many sheets do you use for drawings? (Select one option)

                                Multiple sheets when necessary

                                4: What is the location of  the title block (with your company logo, part name, materials etc) on your drawings? (Select one option)

                                Bottom right

                                5: What percentage of your drawings contain the following items? (Percentage per option)

                                1. 3D view (isometric, trimetric, dimetric, current mode view): Varying on detail required, not usually more than 25%. Assembly drawings may only be one ISO which may be up to about 75%
                                2. Blocks: Never more than 25% A size.  All of our TB's are identical for A-D, additional sheets have a TB that is about 5% of the sheet.
                                3. Exploded view (percentage of assembly drawings): ~50%

                                6: Which 3D views do you use often? (Multiple options possible)

                                Isometric 90%

                                Dimetric 10%

                                7: Which of these tables do you often place on drawings? (Multiple options possible)

                                Bill of materials

                                General table

                                Hole table

                                Revision table

                                8: Which part types do you create often? (Multiple options possible)

                                1. Milled parts
                                2. Sheet metal
                                3. Turned parts
                                4. Other

                                9: Regarding sheet metal parts: how do you create DWG or DXF files for suppliers? (Select one option)

                                We create an export from the part model directly

                                10: How do you format drawings of weldments? (Select one option)

                                We don't create weldment parts