The future is in 3D
Engineering documentation in 2D is regarded by many as the only legal documents accompanying a contract for the purchase of a technical product. It is (wrongly) thought that only 2D drawings can represent technical details and instructions about manufacturing as well as measures for accepted tolerances.
A product model in 3D can fully represent the same information - and more - as in a regular 2D drawing. Manufacturing instructions and tolerances can be bulit into the model and, what is even better, the 3D model can be fed directly into an indutrial robot for manufacturing.
If printed 2D documentation is still required, this can be automated from the 3D model itself. 3D functionality and representation can even be contained in a PDF with the so-called MBD format.
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