I am looking for some opinions.
We manufacture products that come in various configurations (sizes and color combinations).
I work in Product Development and I started using SW about 2 years ago to design and document new products.
Our Product Engineering group has not yet evolved from AutoCAD to SW so they still support our existing products in AutoCAD.
Rather than save the new drawings I create in SW into AutoCAD .dwg, I convert them into PDF's for the rest of the company to use.
The problem is that our Product Engineering group thinks I should chart the sizes, colors, etc, on the SW component drawings like they used to do in AutoCAD to save on the number of drawings created.
I argue that creating a charted drawing on CAD defeats the purpose of CAD. When I was on AutoCAD and I wanted to use an existing part on a new product, I always ran into a wall when the existing part was on a charted drawing. I had to draw it from scratch to use it in an assembly. To me charted drawings are a quick and dirty way to get the job done, but it ends up biting someone in the ass down the road.
I also argue that to chart components on drawings in SW is an addition step and that changes made to the part would not be associative, therefore defeating one purpose of SW.
Buy the way, we do use the SW BOM table for assembly drawings and have no problems.
I guess I'm looking for ammo to get the PE group to use individual drawings for the components and charted BOM drawings for assemblies.