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How long does it take to fully implement 3D SolidWorks from 2D legacy drawings in a mid sized organization?

Question asked by Don Bornhorst on Nov 18, 2010
Latest reply on Nov 19, 2010 by Dan Riffell

I am a member of a team that has been tasked to replace the use of 2D legacy drawings in our organization with SolidWorks. We have an estimated 90 thousand 2D legacy drawings, which we realize can not realistically be converted to 3D within a short period of time if ever. We manufacture a wide verity of products (call them Finished Goods Models) which we sell to OEMs. This being the case, their is a high degree of complexity and part diversification. Each of our product consists of approximately 30 unique parts that would be generated in SolidWorks.


We do have a plan, and that is to convert the most common part within a single Finished Goods Model product platform at a time. The end result will not be to convert all of the parts within the entire platform, but to convert enough standard parts to provide a library of solid models to be used to generate other models and allow us to discontinue the use of our legacy 2D drawing package.


Following this plan, we expect to convert around 200 of our finished goods models in this effort. This would mean generating approximately 6000 unique solid model parts and assemblies.


The big question that our managnement wants an answer to is "How long will this take"? Not having a crystal ball we find ourselves in a position of making an educated guess. Our response is not being accepted, and there is a mandate that is being considered instead.


I am looking for some input from others who have gone through this already. How long did it take your organization and roughly how many unique part did you have to create to fully implement the use of SolidWorks in your organization?