what are cad conversions and architectural scans

Experienced Bay Area large format printers are the only companies you should trust to produce accurate CAD conversions and architectural scans. While there are plenty of online “conversion programs” out there, we have seen time and time again that the resulting prints can be inaccurate or not as “to-scale” as advertised, which can create major challenges for upcoming projects. 

When you convert historical blueprints or architectural renderings into CAD or other digitized, scannable formats, you protect the integrity of your designs as well as your company’s reputation. 

What are CAD Conversions? 

Prior to the late 1980s, the large majority of designs – mechanical, civil, or architectural – were drawn 100% by hand. The hand-drawn, to-scale renderings were then converted to blueprints, from which we would create individual copies. Then, digital technology made it possible to create computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), now shortened to CAD. 

As a result, architects and engineers could draft their images and specifications via the computer, rendering flawless prints that are easily amended and changed as needed, and that can be printed in both small and large format prints, or sent online to be printed elsewhere.  

Another reason CAD became so popular? It allows prospects and clients to see instant renderings of their designs with alternative options. From different elevations of walls, roofs, and facades, to varying windows, doors, or other architectural features, or even room colors or designs – all can be changed in an instant via CAD programs to help customers make the best choices for their taste, styles, needs, or budgets. 

However, while most architectural and design drawings are now created in varying CAD software programs, there are still millions of architectural, mechanical, or engineering plans that only exist in their original blueprint formats. In order to protect the drawings’ integrity, and create a more efficient way to track changes, alterations, or retrofits, the blueprints must be converted into a CAD format, where they can live safely in the cloud and can be more easily shared, distributed, or reviewed as needed. 

Converting historical blueprints and hand-rendered drawings makes it exponentially easier to archive, copy, edit, retrieve, and share plans and drawings – no matter how old or cumbersome they may be.  

Large Format Printers Also Render Architectural Scans 

Similarly, you may have a large bank of rolled architectural plans from current or previous projects that need to be scanned, shared, or printed. Unless your company has a high-quality, large format printer, you will need to ally with a local printing company that can handle high-volume, fast-turnaround jobs that produce accurate architectural scans as soon as you need them.  

This technology is highly desirable for a range of capacities, especially for independent contractors and freelancers who prefer not to invest in expensive digital printing technology and equipment. 

Could Your Industry Benefit from CAD Conversions and Architectural Scans?

Architects, designers, and engineers aren’t the only professionals who benefit from accurately rendered CAD conversions or architectural scanning.  

We now work on projects for a range of unconventional industries such as office planners, musical instrument manufacturers, police forces, surveyors, and others. Many of these professionals use CAD and related CAD applications to produce scaled renderings of structural buildings, designs/plans, or system schematics.  

Examples of CAD and architectural scan applications include: 

  • Industrial plant design 
  • Tradeshow and other marketing installations 
  • Construction 
  • Factory layout 
  • Mechanical engineering (MCAD) 
  • Electronic design automation (EDA) 
  • Commercial and residential architecture or interior design 
  • Electrical design/plans (EDA) 
  • Surveying and mapping 
  • Water and sewer systems 
  • Roadway and highway planning 
  • Civil engineering and city planning 
  • Machinery 
  • Automotive 
  • Aerospace 
  • Consumer goods 
  • Landscape design 
  • Industrial design 
  • Fashion Design 
  • Computer graphic animation (CGA) 
  • Apparel and textile CAD 
  • Biomechanical systems 
  • Entertainment 

CAD Conversion Features and Benefits 

Taking hand-drawn blueprints or architectural plans, and converting them into bonafide CAD drawings and accurate architectural scans offer multiple benefits. 

Save time and increase efficiency 

Working from hand-drawn originals or old blueprints can diminish project accuracy. Newly converted CAD conversions mean your team can have faith in the dimensions and reference points. You can share, copy, send, and print the drawings quickly and easily. Or, as we mentioned above, independent contractors avoid having to invest in expensive and cumbersome printing equipment. 

No need to worry about storage 

Large format plan storage required a tremendous amount of space. Once your drawings or plans are converted into CAD, your employees have instant digital access on their computer screen, tablet, or phone – without the need for large cubbies and plan tables.  

Optimize precision with cad conversions and architectural scans

From easily meeting deadlines to optimizing accuracy and precision for higher-quality work, your CAD conversions and architectural scans ensure everyone is on the same page and that all of the details are accurate. 

Keep Up With the Competition 

Your company’s reputation and ability to keep up with the competition relies on remaining on the cutting edge of technological innovation. Your ability to adopt innovative technologies gives you the advantage of more time, improved quality of work, and can allow you to ditch the rental fees on costly storage containers or extra office space required to house old roles of outdated blueprints. 

The team here at SpeedPro East Bay creates accurate CAD conversions and professional architectural scans for engineers, architects, contractors all over the Bay Area. They trust us because they know we treat their one-of-a-kind originals with the utmost care and respect.  

Contact us to learn more about how we can convert your stockpile of blueprints into CAD conversions and architectural scans.