Expert Manufacturing Advice tailored for step-by-step implementation in the workplace. Small Manufacturers, Machine Shops and CAD Engineers improve and thrive with our hands-on help. 3D CAD Business Benefits: Technical Illustrations, Marketing Publications and Manuals for Servicing, Maintenance and Aftersales Benefits of CAD Illustrations

3D CAD Business Benefits:

Technical Illustrations, Marketing Publications and Manuals for Servicing, Maintenance and Aftersales

Benefits of CAD Illustrations

Benefits of CAD Illustrations

  • 3D CAD enables 2D views and technical drawings to be rapidly produced from any angle – both for assemblies and parts.

  • Additionally, illustrations can be produced for cutaway and exploded views, as well as wire-frame images. Also views can be generated where specific parts are highlighted and everything else is greyed out or appears translucent. These all provide options for user manuals, instructions and publications.


  • Photo-realistic rendering also offers high-impact visuals for sales brochures, web-publishing, advertising and market research, long before the product has been produced.

  • Manufacturing and assembly instructions can be rapidly produced with annotated notes describing components and their fitting sequence. Additionally exploded drawings fulfil this purpose.

  • 3D CAD models can be animated to graphically illustrate how an assembly works or goes together. This striking moving illustration can be used for marketing and promotional purposes or to obtain commitment from backers or managers.

  • Alternatively animation can be used to train for assembly and fitting sequences. This is ideal for new recruits and for quickly retraining existing employees, therefore aiding the flexibility of your workforce.

  • Non-technical individuals can quickly understand a 3D model in the way they cannot for 2D technical drawings. They may include commercial backers, finance, senior managers and potential customers.

  • Rendered images or animations can be used to professionally illustrate concepts to clients and suppliers globally. They also work well for design reviews for feedback and approval, as well as for seeking professional advice on intellectual property.

  • Technical illustrations, images and diagrams can be used by those involved in installation, commissioning and maintenance as 3D CAD images are clear and easy to understand.  Likewise, software packages provide guidance to make it quick and convenient to produce instructions to help service, repair, decommission and recycle products. Importantly user-manuals can benefit from a professional, clear and user-friendly format.


Ultimately 3D CAD provides the small manufacturer with greater competitiveness and profitability through all the above benefits, as well as the range of advantages listed on other 3D CAD Benefits pages. It is well worth discussing what is possible with your CAD vendor. They should have case studies and good ideas from other clients, as well as being able to demo the full functionality of the software.

CAD Illustrations

Technical CAD Illustrations and Documentation, for Marketing and Maintenance (Courtesy of SolidWorks) 

Animated Industrial Machinery, derived from CAD models

(Courtesy of VR Design and Lexxion)

Streamlining product documentation from IDSPL

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