I've posted this before (somewhwere), but it's still applicable...
I seem to remember a history class where the teacher was telling us about the “Industry Revolution of the 1890’s”. He was saying that before that time a “furniture shop” could fabricate a piece of furniture at a rate of one or two pieces a week. This furniture was a quality piece and the cost of this furniture was high. Then the industrial revolution hit, the same shop now generated 24 pieces of furniture a week with the help of time saving machinery, the quality wasn’t as good, but the price was reduced, and they didn’t have to have the “craftsmen” they did before. So now a “poorer quality” product was produced, and sold to the public. This poorer quality was generally acceptable because of the reduced cost and speed of production.
SO fast forward to the 1980’s, now the “computer revolution” has pokes its head into things with computer aided drafting! Now it’s a whole new/different way to do drawings, unfortunately this caused alot of the Sr. people in design/drafting to opted to retire early (plus a major down turn in the economy) as appose to have to learn a new way of doing their job. Now it has become more important as to what computer program you know and developing your computer capabilities as apposed to developing your designer skills. This goes on this way for about 20 to 25 years.
Present day - these days 3D is the “optimumal” way to document projects! …Why? …Because with 3D you generate a “picture” where it doesn’t require anybody to be ability to “read” a technical drawing. Projects are done 3D to produce “pictures” (with shading in some cases) and these are passed out for construction. This is done because the young engineers & cheaper welders don’t read drawings too well and do better with pictures! This is the reason us “older guys” (those that have worked on the board and have the ability to read drawings) have heart ache with this whole thing. When I was taught mech. & piping drafting, it was hammered into you that your drawings WILL LOOK one way! That doesn’t happen these days. What these computer programs put out would be unacceptable pre-1985 …they DO NOT follow accepted drafting standards & convention! SO WHY are they acceptable now!?? Like the Industrial Revolution of the early 1900’s “craftsmanship” is NOT a requirement anymore, a product is now generated by lesser knowledgeable people (a good percentage by 3rd world nations, working for 10% of the pay) at a cheaper price and a quality product is now replace with something that is deemed as “good enough”! …Just another case of history repeating itself!
"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots!" ...Albert Einstein