I agree that edrawings don't always appear as intended and can be
scrambelled sometimes. However I do send them to customers - but not
all customers. I only send them to customers who I have worked with
for some time and where they understand that often what they are
looking at is 'Work in Progress' and not a Phase End Presentation.
Thes are still with quality paper drawings and renderings.
I always create PDFs of 2d drawings and EXE edrawings of the assembly
and put then in a zip file. These are then sent to clients for
archiving. I use the exe drawings so that in the future people can
always look back. New managers etc at clients can look back at past
work and get a better understanding of what has gone before as we
discuss new work.
However I have never found that clients have the patience ( or
perhaps skill) to use the annotation features and other more advanced
features of edrawings. I am usually on the phone explaining how to
look at the model to illustrate my points.
So my verdict - usefull but not perfect or foolproof.
Don't get me started......
Been a pet peeve of mine for years.
They hype the SW "Chopper" but they can't use their own product to
send a proper WYSIWYG e-Drawing to a machine shop.
Every new release I create an e-drawing from the company SW template.
Every new release the e-drawing that is generated does not match my
(i.e. logos that go missing, Title block text (Titles) that look fine
in SW drawings "bleed" off the edge of a SW title block, notes that
appear in weird positions, sizes, etc.....)
If you can't trust a application to generate something simple like a
title block - how do you trust the dimensions it generates?
Don't get me wrong - I like the concept. Its the lack of "real-world"
execution that I have a problem with.
I send them to my customers, but only 3-D models. The only customers that I
send them to are very computer literate, and have actually told me that it
helps a ton while designing things for them.
For 2-D I always generate PDF files and send those.
eDrawings is a mediocre piece of work
Many vendors/customers have a difficult time figuring out how to open and
apply the features. How many customers etc... have the luxury of time and
sometimes patience to learn another computer application.
I wish it was as good as SolidWorks claims.
Yea, between half of the computer illiterate customers I have and the
other half that have old outdated computers (which e-drawings eats for
lunch with complex models), PDF's are the only way to go.
I guess the real frustration is having to deal with folks who still
haven't learned how to use a computer! What could be simpler than
these automated windows installers, high speed internet connections,
and low cost computers.
Some of these bozos should have tried to install stuff off of 14
floppies using DOS and Compuserve. I think their ignorance is just an
excuse to not spend time doing what they are supposed to be doing which
is reviewing tech info and giving input, they would rather wait until
everything is done and its too late to make changes to bitch and
I just feel lucky that Acrobat is so widely used that everyone has it,
now if you could just add notes to it that print off...... (most bozos
can't just read from the screen, they even print off their emails to
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