Fabrication Drafting Services

Welcome to Digital Birth's Fabrication Drafting Service, where our expertise lies in understanding the intricacies of fabrication techniques. Our focus is on creating detailed drawings that are purpose-built with fabricators in mind. Whether you require General Assemblies, fabrication drawings, or files tailored for machining, we're here to simplify your fabrication process and enhance its efficiency.


At Digital Birth, we recognize the importance of seamless communication between design and fabrication. Our drawings are not just meticulous but also practical, ensuring that the end result aligns perfectly with your fabrication needs. With a commitment to delivering precision and clarity in our drafting work, we're dedicated to helping you achieve your fabrication goals with ease. Let's collaborate and navigate the world of fabrication together, from concept to reality.

isometric view of a 3d cad designed electrical cabinet

Fast

Get your parts and designs approved fast.

Fewer emails

No more searching emails for missing drawings, all of your projects and drawing's can be accessed and downloaded via our easy-to-use customer portal.

Design

Products are optimized and designed for manufacture, with a good understanding of production methods and easy-to-read drawings created with fabricators in mind.

Ordering

Part procurement with less hassle, with assembly bill of materials and 2D DXF files for laser cutting or routing uses

Checked

To avoid rework, we run accuracy checks on the 3d models to help clients get it right, first-time.

Build

Quicker installs / assembly with drawings provided just for the task.

Understanding

We understand you and take pride in learning about your business and its individual needs, whether it's the way you process your material, machines you have access to, or if it's the oversized holes in your plates so you can drill through them on site.

Passion

We love fabrication and solving problems. It's our thing! If we can help you with your business, get in touch.

do you need Approval Drawings

Whether they are for your client, an architect or project manager we can help.

What is fabrication drafting or manufacturing drafting?

Drafting is how a draftsman/draftsperson aids engineers and architects to create 3d models digitally (cad modelling) and convert them into 2d drawings used to make physical products.

CAD drawings typically consist of multiple views of a product and display dimensions to explain the design intent and size of the product.

There are more in depth details in our What are fabrication drawings? article.

What is the difference between fabrication and manufacturing?

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials into finished products in a repetitive manner. examples would include steel from iron ore or caravan from multiple sourced items

Fabrication

Fabrication is the process of constructing products by combining typically standardized parts for bespoke created items. Examples would include a residential staircase created for a specific house or a custom-designed planter.

What industries utilize drafting?

General Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural industries
  • Alternative energy
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Consumer products
  • Military and defence
  • Original equipment manufacturers
  • Recreational vehicles

Fabricated products

  • Screens and facades
  • Doors and windows
  • Balustrade
  • Shop fittings
  • Staircases
  • Urban furniture
  • Planters

Manufactured products

  • Caravans
  • Automotive
  • Boats
  • Machinery
  • Consumer products
  • Furniture
  • Extruded profiles

Elements of a fabrication drawing

3d model

Having a digital model of your product before creating the 2d drawings has many benefits. The 3d cad design can be checked and verified for fit and function to prove the product design works. The 3d model provides the extra benefit of reusing the model for tooling production, technical illustrations and renders for marketing materials.

Parts and assemblies

The 3d model is divided into logical groups of parts into sub-assemblies. The sub-assemblies are used as building blocks to create the overall assembly. A bicycle can be split into many sub-assemblies, one of which would be the wheel subassembly consisting of the tyre, rim, spokes, hub and axle. Using assemblies makes the model and drawings easier to manage by creating smaller and easier to digest bytes of information.

Drawings

Customer requirements differ from project to project on which type of drawings are needed, here is a brief outline of the types of cad drawings that the draftsman can produce. General Arrangement - used for approvals and to show the overall design features Assembly and part drawings - used to show how to create or assemble the product Installation - used to show where and how to install the product

Bill of Materials (BOM) and Cut Lists

Bill of materials is used in assembly drawings to list individual parts contained within the assembly. Name and quantities are common items to add, but other attributes like material, supplier and order code can easily be added as additional fields. A cut list is very similar and is typically used for timber, aluminium or steel profiles and will contain the name, quantity, length fields for each profile so an operator can select a profile and cut multiple parts used within the assembly before construction.

Specifications

We add specifications for materials, finishes, colours and define purchased items like door hardware or a glass clamp also defining items that cannot be outlined visually.

DXF files

dxf files are used by a CNC machine to create parts, a typical use would be for a base plate, (see our base plate dxf file generator) rather than making several identical parts manually it is often more economical to make the base plates with a laser cutter, so we supply dxf files of the base plate profile and holes, and advise of the material, thickness and qty of each plate so that customers can outsource this to a laser cutting service.

How do we design?

Our main principle of design is to understand our customers and how they produce their products and what outcomes they require. Some customers may require only a general arrangement, some fabrication drawings and dxf files, and others 3d files only.

Understanding how a customer will create the product or machinery they will use to create the product, helps us understand how to design the part to suit the process and dimension the part appropriately.

We use a 3d parametric software called SolidWorks, which is the industry leader to design our cad models, The main benefit to 3d cad design is that changes can be made to the 3d model that filters directly to the drawings, saving the draftsman having to find and edit multiple views within the 2d drawings. When we submit our designs for review we also provide a simple easy to use online 3d viewer accessible by an emailed link to allow our customers to investigate and delve deep into the product to ensure you are happy with the design, our customers love it.

Do I need a local draftsman near me?

The draftsperson's work is mostly computer-based, so remote working is very normal in the industry. Outsourcing to other countries can be very popular but can cause issues with language and awareness of local standards. So to answer the question of do I need a draftsman near me, I would suggest that as long as they have relevant exposure to the local market and experience within your field, it doesn't matter where they are based, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney or beyond.