Draftsman and CAD Operator

CAD Operator

As a draftsman, designer and CAD operator I can design your next project. With more then twenty years experience from the drafting board to AutoCad and to SolidWorks 3D modeling.

My experience started just out of high school in 1979 on the drafting board with mechanical pencils, leroy ink stencils, mylar sheets and stinky ammonia filled blueprinting machines.

I was spared the slide rule by being just in time for the introduction of the handheld calculator which got used for weight calculations and trigonometry. Good old Pythagoras helped me layout plenty of angled steel braces.

In 1981 I graduated as a Mechanical Technologist and by 1983 had my first experience as a CAD operator. Back then you needed a seperate program to print drawings from AutoCAD and the state of the art was a wide format pen plotter.

Still it was a great to ways to automate repetitive tasks and I no longer had to struggle to make my lettering perfect, I had a 640K IBM PC to do it for me.

AutoCAD eventually made its way to the microsoft windows world and things contunued to get easier. It was 2002 before I got my first chance to learn hands with SolidWorks at a year tool and die design night course in Hamilton, Ontario.

Most of my experience has been as a structural drafter and mechanical designer. My work has included steel buildings, mezzanines and support structures for large material handling equipment.

I have had experience as an doing electrical draftsman too. That work included electrical ladder logic diagrams, P&ID drawings and schematics of various types.

In 3D modeling I have made parts, assemblies and weldments. I consider myself pretty good with multi body parts such as welded assemblies. The multi body environment makes it really easy to process revisions as opposed to just plain assemblies of parts.

As well I have done animation of assemblies as well as a lot of conversion between AutoCad and SolidWorks, setting them up to make sure they get along nicely together.

There is still plenty to do in the world of technical drawing despite the perception that computers can do it all nowadays. Not so, the computer is only as good as the person who is working it. "Garbage in - Garbage out" as they say.

Talking with the machinists and welders and taking pains to present your fancy computerized work in a way that makes their life easier is what its all about. You are the scribe that provides the documentation for the team, makes no difference if your tablet is made of stone or silicon.

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