CAD Services What is CAD Outsourcing and why do it?

What is CAD Outsourcing and why do it?

CAD Outsourcing is the process of sub-contracting Computer Aided Design services to an external organization. Traditionally, large CAD users — such as architectural firms, engineering firms and construction firms — would have in-house departments for CAD support.

There are many reasons why CAD Outsourcing has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. The first reason is specialization. As the cost and complexity of CAD software increased, and the cost of telecommunications decreased, it became more efficient for firms to outsource such services to firms that specialize in the service. A large independent CAD outsourcing company can handle larger fluctuations in demand, which an individual architectural, engineering or construction firm might not be able to handle.

Companies with in-house CAD teams have a constraint: the number of people in their CAD team. In-house engineers have only 24 hours in a day, and obviously need to have time to sleep and have a life outside of work, especially on weekends. Therefore, companies that depend only on in-house teams tend to be relatively inflexible over short time periods. Of course, they can always hire more people, but if the extra workload is temporary, that doesn’t make economic sense.

Why outsource CAD services? Why not hire CAD professionals full time in your organization?

It makes sense to outsource CAD drafting services at least to some extent for the reasons given above, essentially the ability to access specialized talent and and to be able to scale up and down easily. But there are many other reasons. For example:

1. Quality

If you have a team of 20 CAD drafting professional who can meet all your CAD drafting requirements, you may have a solution that is good enough. But imagine if you could choose from among thousands of talented CAD drafting experts from all corners of the globe who have worked on many jobs similar to yours? That would give you an option that is best, not just good enough.

Our company alone has hundreds of qualified individuals the United States alone, but we also have thousands overseas. Design Presentation can not only help you connect with this talent pool, but can also manage the talent pool so that the entire process goes smoothly.

2. Managerial attention

Focusing on the task at hand is key for any business. Studies have shown that multitasking is inefficient. There is scientific evidence that shows that multitasking leads to sub-optimal performance.

By outsourcing your projects and using dedicated CAD drafting professionals, you can get focused effort from your internal team. Similarly, the only goal of the outsourced CAD professionals is to complete the task you have given them. Design Presentation monitors their performance so that there is no possibility of their getting distracted.

3. Speed

One of the greatest benefits of working with people on a per-project basis, is that they are extremely motivated to complete the project quickly. There is usually less incentive for salaried personnel to go the extra mile. On the other hand, external CAD professionals depend on the timely completion of each project to get paid — there is no guaranteed monthly paycheck that they can depend on.

Outsourcing to overseas CAD professionals can also speed up the process because they are working when your team is literally asleep. A job that you submit at the end of the day could be ready for you when you wake up.

4. Round the clock production

By working with outsourced CAD professionals in multiple time zones, you can actually get work done around the clock. Design Presentation can coordinate this for you so that you basically get a seamless 24/7 service.

5. Risk Mitigation

Outsourcing CAD drafting services reduces your risk by diversifying the geographic risk, i.e. the risk of some kind of business disruption in your area (e.g. a natural calamity, power blackout, etc.).

Protecting your intellectual property is important when outsourcing work, and you are safe when you work with Design Presentation. Whatever designs get created are yours to own and are protected from theft by our organization. Not only will freelancers provide high-quality work, improve efficiency, and verify that everything is being performed correctly, but your ideas and designs will be safe and secure. Design Presentation offers that extra level of security to ensure that everything you do is safe and protected.

6. Cost reduction

Outsourcing is a great way to reduce costs. Many of these CAD drafting professionals live and work in countries or communities where the cost of living is lower than your own.

For instance, if you are a company based out of Palo Alto, California, it is going to be much more cost effective to hire a freelancer who is based in New Mexico, and it will be even cheaper to hire someone who is located in Mexico or China.

Using freelancers gives you the flexibility based on your budget and your demands to find the best and cheapest options.

7. Flexibility

During times of uncertainty, flexibility is paramount. Having fixed costs is the opposite of flexibility. On the other hand, outsourcing gives you total flexibility.

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