In the Past
In the past, a draughtsman’s day was spent at a drawing board where he used an array of tools, protractors, triangles and compasses, as well as a good old pencil and pen to create an architectural drawing by hand. It might be a machine component or it might be a complete building, nonetheless, the skill and precise knowledge required meant that a project might stay on the drawing board for some weeks before it took physical shape.
Once computers began to dominate every part of modern business in the 1980s, it was a foregone conclusion that board drawings would go out of style. The newly developed computer-aided design (CAD) system was released and was able to produce technical drawings in a fraction of the time it used to take.
Computer Aided Design
At Design Knowhow, we employ cutting-edge software such as AutoCAD, Google SketchUp, Revit, and Solidworks to help visualise and enhance the designs for the projects our clients bring to us.
Although these go through the processes of outline technical drawings and blueprints, these designs still begin life on the drawing board, which remains the base of the CAD system.
CAD drawings are the DNA of structures
CAD drawings are the DNA of structures for the eventual build of our projects. They design and define dimensions, specifications, calculations and materials and procedures.
CAD systems allow us to create and store drawings electronically so that they can be viewed or printed, and finally, programmed directly into automated manufacturing systems. The systems also allow for variations of a design within minutes, instead of possibly hours for a new pencil drawing.
Using CAD Extensively
We use CAD extensively, but it is only a tool. At Design Knowhow, we have decades of hands-on experience and knowledge of traditional drafting techniques, in addition to excellent skills in CAD design. And sometimes those traditional skills are called upon when manual drafting and sketching needs to be used in certain applications.
Superior Knowledge and Experience
We have knowledge of modern building techniques, as well as an understanding of engineering and manufacturing theory. But we haven’t thrown away the technical handbooks, tables and calculators, and we aren’t yet about to use robots – our team are widely experienced and have complete specialist know-how: you won’t need to look any further for your design and planning needs.