Computer Aided design

Computer aided design (CAD) is the name given to a cluster of computer-based technology used to create, inspect, and optimize engineered drawings in a variety of CAD services applications. 3D CAD design and drafting services have come a very long way since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. 3D design software has progressed to a place where it is extremely efficient at creating drawings both quickly and accurately.

At J-CAD Inc., we offer a wide range of CAD design services which include (but are not limited to):

  • Mechanical CAD Design
  • Reverse Engineering CAD Drawings
  • Patent Drafting
  • Mold Design
  • Prototype Drawings for 3D Printing
  • File Conversion

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J-CAD Inc. first opened for business back in 2006. Since we first opened we have been assisting clients all around with 3D CAD design services, 3D printed parts, welding, mold making, machining, fabricating, and mass production. We specialize in mechanical CAD drafting services using a number of different software packages including:

  • SolidWorks
  • Inventor
  • SolidEdge
  • MicroStation
  • AutoCAD
  • Catia
  • Unigraphics NX
  • Pro-E WildFire

Below are just a few examples of the work from our CAD drafting services

OTHER CAD DRAWING SERVICES

(LIKE 3D FILE CONVERSION)

Through our file conversion services, we can convert any CAD file type to any other CAD file type with great ease. We can quickly, efficiently, and accurately convert 2D to 3D as well. Some of the more popular file types we convert from and to include:

  • STEP
  • STL
  • IGES
  • SLDPRT
  • DWG
  • DGN

We are able to quickly convert PDF files to CAD, JPEG images to 3D CAD, DWG to STL, and any other kind of 2D file type you might need converted.

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An example of the type of sketch we typically get from clients and what we turn them into

PRINTING AND PROTOTYPING SERVICES

We have been immersed in the 3D printing and rapid prototyping industry from the moment we opened our doors and are continually developing our expertise as we constantly expand to adopt new technologies. When you do business with J – CAD Inc., you can rest easy knowing there are virtually no limitations in what we can do with 3D printing technology. Just tell us what you are looking to accomplish and we can guide you on the best approach to get the job done.

We have the skills and technology needed to help you design files to meet your needs. Then, we can 3D print the designs for you and ship the finished products to you. Once the prototyping phase is complete, we can even help with injection mold making and mass production as well. We are capable of shipping parts anywhere in the world. Whether you need 100 parts or 100,000 we have you covered.

WHY SHOULD YOU DESIGN IN 3D?

By designing in 3D instead of 2D, you are going to save a massive amount of time and money on your project. In a 3D virtual environment, your parts can be inspected to make sure they fit together perfectly before they are printed off. This beats the trial and error of crafting parts by hand only to throw them away when they do not work due to small design flaws.

Your business has nothing to lose and everything to gain by investing in CAD services and design with J-CAD Inc.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are you on the lookout for an experienced designer to help you fulfill your product design? If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.

First of all, you need to know what you need, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because depending on the type of project, you will need different things, so first define what you want, then start thinking about what kind of designer you need to hire.

Are you on the lookout for an experienced designer to help you fulfill your product design? If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.

First of all, you need to know what you need, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because depending on the type of project, you will need different things, so first define what you want, then start thinking about what kind of designer you need to hire.

You may be looking for a CAD design service that’s close to your office or in your general area. You start researching and find a couple of services that you could go and meet after an hour or two of driving, and you start thinking:

“Are these local CAD drawing services adequate to help me out with my project? They don’t seem to be really popular, but I guess I have to meet them to know…”

Are you on the lookout for an experienced designer to help you fulfill your product design? If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.

First of all, you need to know what you need, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because depending on the type of project, you will need different things, so first define what you want, then start thinking about what kind of designer you need to hire.

Are you on the lookout for an experienced designer to help you fulfill your product design? If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.

First of all, you need to know what you need, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because depending on the type of project, you will need different things, so first define what you want, then start thinking about what kind of designer you need to hire.

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Looking for a CAD Designer for Hire?

Are you on the lookout for an experienced designer to help you fulfill your product design?

If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.

First of all, you need to know what you need, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because depending on the type of project, you will need different things, so first define what you want, then start thinking about what kind of designer you need to hire.

Of course, it is really important that you make sure that all the main boxes are checked:
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  • Offers a good client service.
  • Has experience in related projects and the technology required to accomplish your project (equipment, software).
  • Has a quick, nice and easy way of communicating with you.
  • Will work within the budget/time requirements of your project.

These are all really basic requirements that any capable CAD designer/company should meet, and if they have those then all you have to do is make sure they are trustworthy, and have a good working reputation, you don’t want your magnificent idea being stolen after having a finished design, right?

So, you may be asking yourself:

Would I be ok just hiring a standalone product designer? Why would I need a company for CAD services?

Well, we might have a biased opinion regarding that, but if there’s something we are certain of, it’s that a company will provide the best value, most of the time.

When working with a company there are LOTS of factors that are to your benefit; teams have more experience, have executed many more projects, know the core and quirks of the job you will require, and also have a good deal of connections within the industry that will definitely help, so they are more likely to do a good job than a single freelance designer.

This doesn’t mean that the freelancer can’t get the work done, but most of them will take longer and not bring exactly the quality or the ideas that your project needs to be great. Not to mention that working at an hourly rate, not having great access to resources and connections and not having refund policies can definitely mean more expenses for you!

Imagine going through all that with the wrong freelancer, just to find out that a portion of your budget is basically wasted because in the middle of the project he realized that he wouldn’t be able to deliver what you needed, and now you have to give your product to a more capable team? Not very efficient.

A really important thing to keep in mind, is that if you go with a design company that will allow you establish a single work relationship on which to base your entire process of design, prototyping and manufacturing in-house, avoiding confusions and complicated information transfer between several freelancers/manufacturers becomes much easier.

CAD Drafting Services Near You

You may be looking for a CAD design service that’s close to your office or in your general area.

You start researching and find a couple of services that you could go and meet after an hour or two of driving, and you start thinking:

“Are these local CAD drawing services adequate to help me out with my project? They don’t seem to be really popular, but I guess I have to meet them to know…”

Wouldn’t that be great? You’d be able to meet their team, have a coffee with the main designer who’s going to help you in your project, discuss all the little details you need and share everything that needs to be done.

Basically, you’ll go there to find out face-to-face if they’ll be suitable for your project (and possibly figure out if they’re the right guys by looking at their expressions and body language?)
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If that sounds overly complicated we’d agree totally.Here’s something to make you think:

What if we told you that, if you find the right CAD service providers, there’s no reason for you to meet them in person?

What if we told you, that you can find the perfect CAD design company with plenty of resources and communication skills, by contacting them online?

A company that, when you tell them the basics of your project, they’ll be the ones telling you what will be better for your design, which materials and procedures to use, how much will it cost, and how to make it less expensive.

You don’t need to go out of the office to meet a CAD designer, or have their team close to you, to receive an excellent quality on the design of your project, you just need to find the right company online. And doing so will actually be much cheaper in the long run.

But how do you choose the right company?

Well, of course we are going to tell you that J-CAD Inc. is an awesome candidate to help you out.

But still, some things you will want to be sure of are if the company has done any similar projects before, and also if besides doing the 3D CAD drawings (and renderings) for you, that company will be able to give you the proper connections or have the necessary equipment to start prototyping or manufacturing your product once your design phase is complete.

How to Commission a CAD Drawing?

The first thing you need to do to commission a CAD drawing, is to give the company you’ll work with an idea of what you want to do.

Usually, you’ll have a couple of sketches or pictures of similar products, sending these should be enough to get a quote for your project so you know what you’ll be working with.

Sketches don’t have to be perfect, in fact, a quick 5-minute paper and pen sketch should be enough for the 3D design company to understand what you want to do. It just needs to have the main dimensions and purpose clearly explained.

You really don’t need to worry about your drawing skills. From our own experience in J-CAD Inc., it has never been a problem for us to understand our clients needs by looking at their sketches and talking to them.

Sometimes, you aren’t quite sure of the dimensions or final shapes of the product, but that’s not a problem, find a company with professionals (like us!) who can understand what you’re trying to do, and ask them for guidance.

You should also be able to communicate with the drafting company you want to work with. Talk to them about what you need and how you want the end product to turn out, and they will be able to help you get a better idea of  draw your product sketch.

Estimating Drafting Time in CAD

Then comes the time you submit your initial sketch and pictures to request a quote. A professional company is used to dealing with this kind of work on a daily basis, so they should be able to review your sketches, pictures and ideas, and give you a quote for your project within a few minutes, and also give you a time estimate for its completion.

If the company you send your submission to takes days or even weeks to get back to you with a quote, that’s a red flag. We probably don’t need to tell you what you can expect after that.

There isn’t a basic rule of thumb you can use to estimate drafting time before getting a quote from the design company, they’ll often have billing and work-time databases to figure out for how long they’ll need to work on your design.

There are many aspects that influence the design time, mainly the volume of the draft, the details, the software it will be designed in, and the designer’s speed.

How Much Do CAD Designs Cost?

When prototyping and manufacturing a product, there’s no formula to find out what it will cost without having a final design first.

A CAD design shouldn’t be too expensive; your design will probably be around the few hundreds (US$) depending on how simple your parts are.

To really find out what the design cost will be, the company needs to review your sketches and work from memory or browse their project database for similar projects they’ve done, to estimate how long it will take them for them to finish your drawings.

A recommendation we give you is to try and get a fixed price quote, when receiving an hourly rate you can easily go off budget if there’s anything not going according to the plan.

What Do I Do Once I Have my CAD Drawing?

If your intention is to start manufacturing your product then you should find a good manufacturing company, it will be really helpful and keep everything simple if the same company that helped you through the design phase, also offers services for manufacturing.

It will also be advisable to have a few revisions before the getting the design ready for manufacturing, also consider making a prototype before starting to manufacture, since that way you may save costs and see if your design works and adjust any modifications before establishing a production line.

If you have a final 3D design and a prototype, you can start using them to draw attention and investors to your idea, that way it will be easier for you to pay for the manufacturing costs.

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My name is Kevin Connors. I was currently in the works of creating a product that would be an evolutionary inventive achievement in footwear...
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Did a great job with my 3D design. Quick turnaround and delivered all the associated files upon request.
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