In 1966 key engineers at AST had the idea that a computer controlled drawing board, to ensure consistent quality, accuracy and speed to create Engineering Drawings, was the future. For the next three years, in the background of all of the draughting we ere doing for our customers, the idea was developed to the point of having defined a specification. AST approached Ferranti in Edinborough to discuss its development, as at that time they were one of the UK’s leading computer controlled equipment specialists. After a brief meeting they told us that we were “Trying to re-invent the wheel as in the future there would be no need for draughtsman!” They were in the process of developing a Designer system that sent engineering data direct to a CNC machine, making drawings a thing of the past! In 2010, nearly 40 years on, high quality cost effective draughting solutions are still required, but sadly hard to find!
All of our design team are “Time Served” designers that in the most part spent their early years on the drawing board. The team members that started purely on CAD have learned from these craftsmen and the level of drawing quality leaving AST is still one of the highest in the UK.
As previously stated, the CAD systems we use are wide and varied, but when it comes to the creation, planning, annotation and layout of engineering information we are relaying for manufacture and assembly, we ensure fully checked, easily readable documents every time. From a simple bracket to an isometric cross section through a huge assembly, our team has the skill to relay what you are trying to say, the simplest and clearest way possible.
For a discussion about your 2D CAD requirements don’t hesitate to call.