Electronic drafters are responsible for illustrating many of the details in the creation of a project. They are also responsible for verifying specifications of specific design plans. As technology progresses, drafters have moved from traditional tools, such as the pencil and drafting paper, to sophisticated 3D modeling tools. These tools have increased the speed in which projects can be carried out.
Electronic drafters principally use computers, which contain a variety of tools and software designed specifically for drafting. They also use more general tools such as email and instant messenger to communicate. These tools generally must be connected through Ethernet cables so that drafters and other kinds of designer can transfer innovations to and from each other.
Drafting machines allow electronic drafters to create precise illustrations of products that must be detailed accurately. Precision is necessary, since defective products can lead to recalls and wasted time.
Computer Aided Design, CAD, software, also known as Autodesk or AutoCAD, is frequently used to design products by adding logical features and parts onto an existing design of a project, according to the California Employment Development Department. These programs also use variables to determine if different features can fit together based on the dimensions of each feature.
Database software is used by electronic drafters so that they can store information, such as the data collected from their project experiments.
Enterprise resource planning software is used by many electronic drafters in upper levels of management so that they can have a more thorough understanding of what the overall goals of their company are. Then they can know if their design innovations will not only fit in with the overall goal of the company but also if their company will be able to afford new innovations.
Office programs such as spreadsheet and word are used just as often as with many other companies, since these programs have versatility that causes them to remain useful across several disciplines, according to O-Net. Using these tools, drafters can document developments in various projects.
Pencil and Paper
Many electronic drafters still use old-fashioned tools such as a pencil and drafting paper to illustrate features, especially since many drafters still feel comfortable using these tools, according to the California Employment Development Department. These drafting tools can be used when quickly sketching out an image of a tool in front of a group of designers.