Recently we ran a survey looking for areas of improvement. The results of that survey plus some emails and phone calls I have received put me onto the issue of shop drawings. People are asking why you can’t do a shop drawing (the answer is you can really.) or why is the pull down menu blank (because you haven’t created and saved a drawing.) So some training is necessary. As always I’m happy to link to someones computer and give a demo on dimensioning. But first the video…
When I asked several people if they saw the video on dimensioning and shop drawings – they said stuff like “oh, er, ah, not yet…”. The creation of shop drawings is not all that apparent in SketchList 3D. You must first create a dimensioned drawing, save it, then go to the shop drawing report and print the drawing. The video will show you how.
I have spent months researching and asking peoples’ opinions on shop drawings — CAD people, drafting people, woodworkers, engineers. The universal feedback is that they are not all that easy to do. In the old version of SketchList we auto-generated dimension lines. What a mess. It seems like the number of lines jumped with every board added. Soon they overwrote each other.
This attempt in SketchList 3D is our first of letting you select the thing you want to dimension. Many people are satisfied with it (once they see the video!). Like anything else – the first attempt is not usually the best. In a week or so we will turn our attention to shop drawings to clean them up a bit and see what we might add and what we might do better.
(At this point, while you can put four drawings per page, it is better to just up one drawing per page.)