Adding dimensions to your drawing isn’t a lot of fun.
It’s also pretty infuriating when SOLIDWORKS can’t seem to select a line, and you have to try multiple times.
We’d love to hand those tasks over to a computer.
Every single (potential) customer asked us “Can Drew add dimensions as well?”
And we had to tell them “No, not yet.”
But last month we finally had most of the pieces in place. So we built up the courage and started building.
We analyze straight lines and points for each view and add dimensions to relevant objects.
The results are impressive so far.
It’s not perfect. It’s the start of something great. We’ll add curves and other improvements soon using your feedback.
For multibody parts and weldment parts, Drew can add a sheet per unique body.
This is an unaltered example of the result:
This sheet contains:
We then determine the scale and fit all views and annotations nicely onto the sheet.
You can enable or disable most of these items in the settings because they are optional.
Imagine having to create 10 of those sheets, or 50. That’s pretty boring work.
Now imagine letting Drew create those with one click. It’s awesome seeing those sheets appear. You only have to do a bit of tweaking afterward.
Drew saves you hours every month.
To prove that, we added a click counter.
This is our current status after less than four weeks, over forty thousand clicks saved:
Every time you start or edit a drawing, Drew determines how many clicks that would normally take.
Adding a projected view would normally take (at least) 3 clicks, rotating a view would take at least 7 clicks.
Every atomic action only takes a few clicks and we always count the fastest method we could find.
It still adds up very fast.
You might be able to click once a second. For a few seconds in a row.
But you won’t click once a second for one minute. You need time to breathe (and think).
So even if you would only save 10.000 clicks a month, that would save you three hours or boring work.
Starting at about €80 a month, Drew will quickly pay for itself.
You can start a free trial here.
Besides automatic dimensions, we also made many smaller improvements:
We received a few messages from people that encountered issues with Drew. Thanks so much for those messages, keep sending them! Drew improves much faster thanks to you.
We will keep chipping away at automating drawings.
We have already achieved things we thought were impossible. And we have so much more planned.
Automatic dimensions and balloon placement will be improved.
Rotating views or 3D rotated weldments would also be great.
We’re also thinking about adding this feature. We’ll let you create the drawing sheet(s) for one configuration, then Drew can copy and update the sheet(s) for every other configuration. What do you think?