Why a clean CAD file is important?

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I started to write this post a couple of weeks ago, but with the recent rush it was put on hold. And the timing was right, since couple of my clients sent me a CAD on which I spent many hours cleaning. Results: the estimates I provided was no longer valid and for a good reason.

What do I look in a 3D CAD file before starting my rendering?

Once I received a CAD file from my clients I open it up to see how it looks.  For some renderings, it is required to have a floor plan converted to 3D as well, naturally, the furniture is on a separate layer. In any case, I change my views from top or ISO views to side views to see if all the 3D blocks or on 0 Z axis. Simply put: Are all my 3D blocks on the floor? or are some of them floating?

Floating Furniture
Some chairs are above the ground and some are under.

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Workflow and folder structure

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I’m sure every organization has its own folder structure and workflow. I have improved my workflow and my work folder structure over the years. Here is a summary:

  • First of all I have two hard drives which act as one. (They are formated in RAID 1 or miroir) This will ensure a real time back of all my important documents. In an event of one hard drive failure, all I have to do is to replace the failed HD with a new one, and all the data will copy itself to a new drive and they will be synced.

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