How to be Best Drafter or Designer in your Field

How to be Best Drafter or Designer in your Field

As you set your personal new year resolutions, it’s also important to establish some professional goals. Goal setting is crucial for progress, especially when it comes to your business and/or career. In this post I want to share some of my professional goals for 2016. These are things I want to work on to become a better drafter and designer this year. If these goals resonate with you, feel free to adopt them and implement in your professional career.

Never Stagnate In Knowledge

I’m sure you know this but you don’t know everything. There is always something new to learn and with all the resources available online it’s easier than ever. Make it a goal this year to learn something new about design, drafting, business, entrepreneurship, teamwork, marketing everyday.

Contribute, Don’t Just Consume

Whether you work in a large office setting or from home as a freelancer, at some point you will find yourself working in a team. There is nothing worse than a passive team member who consumes but never contributes. Make it a goal to be more active in your team and contribute.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things

The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is true, but don’t let it stop you form trying new things. Sometimes it’s a good thing to get out of our comfort zone and do something new and different. Maybe it’s a different approach to a design process, new marketing strategy or as simple as new workstation layout. Trying new things is always a good way to challenge yourself, thus helping you grow.

Network More

In the last year and a half of running my own drafting and design firm I found that networking is one of the most important things I can do to grow my business. Now, naturally I’m a big introvert. I would rather sit at my workstation with headphones in, than meet new people, but  what we want isn’t always best for us. Someone said that opportunity is found outside of our comfort zone. I found that statement to be very true. This year, get out more, network with other freelancer, business owner, drafter and designer.

Ask For Help

Back to my first statement, “you don’t know everything”. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather an important step of growth. It’s always important to have mentors who you can seek advice from. If you don’t have one already, make it a goal this year to find a mentor. Hey, maybe it’s going to be one of the new things that you try!

Take Time Off More Often

When you are passionate about what you do, it’s easy to forget about work/life balance. This is especially true when working from home. Let this year be a year when you set aside good amount of time for your family, friends as well as some alone time to recharge.

Celebrate the Wins

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be very critical of myself. Always looking at things that I can improve on, fix and do better. This is not necessarily a bad characteristic, but definitely can hurt you and your business. Celebrating your wins is as equally important as analyzing the failures. This year set a goal to celebrate the wins, even if they are small. When you finish a project, celebrate! Landed that perfect job or found a new client, celebrate!

If you all need any help regarding  design and drafting services, Please don't hesitate to contact us at Australian Design and Drafting Services or call us 1800 287 223 (Toll Free) Australia Wide.

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Cost Effective CAD Solutions for Civil Engineering

Any big projects success depends on cost effective CAD solutions. Project Managers are very careful when it comes to spending money and it should be that way since its one of the best important resource of projects. Increasing the profitability and decreasing the overhead cost becomes most important factors for any successful projects. We are going to examine how Civil engineering firm can able to achieve cost effective solution with 3D CAD design and drafting.

When cutting down cost implement successfully,Engineering firm already half on their mark to achieve goals. some of them can get the fact wrong,Cost controlling is not just not doing certain things to save money, but it is doing things more efficiently. Most engineering firms would use 3D CAD for designing and drafting purposes to do things more efficiently, and thus, control the costs. It is easier said than done, so let’s see how it’s done.

With 3D CAD, things are built virtually from scratch. Prototyping is made easier. Even before the building is built, you can virtually check the strength of the building. But, what has this got to do with costs? There’s a relation, suppose if you just didn’t do calculate the strength of the building properly, and the building collapsed due to some minor natural forces. It can cost you a lot, isn’t it? There are instances where this has happened, we will discuss that in some other article later on.  So, my point is that with 3D CAD, we can simulate environmental factors. And when important elements are factored in, flaws can be eliminated. You are avoiding heavy costs.

In 3D CAD, you can start working on elements individually. You can make changes to an element individually. So, chances of screwing some element when working on another are rare. And revisions are easy. 3D CAD comes along with 3D mouse, this would enable you to govern the tasks better with more precision. With more precision, the design cycles will be shorter. And when design cycles are shorter, you are saving the time, Again! Yes, people are performing the tasks at a great speed with 3D CAD.

This is saving you time, and if you are saving time, you can work on additional projects. You would require fewer people with 3D CAD relatively. There, you are saving bucks again! Someone who says he doesn’t want to save time would be lying.  It’s all about being efficient and saving time. And saving time is cutting down costs. And one who does save the time will be a champion.

Are you looking for an expert who could probably take care of your CAD drafting and designing concerns in civil engineering? Australian Design and Drafting services is in the CAD drafting and drawing industry from last 10 years. So, no worries about the quality of the work Australian Design and Drafting has to offer. Australian Design and Drafting can help you out in cost control with its 3D CAD services. Australian Design and Drafting just does the job like an extended in-house team with a lower turn-around time. And yes, we have advanced tools like Revit, Civil 3D, Tekla, etc.

So, want to save costs and grow your business? We can even offer you a free trial project that will help you understand the quality of the work that we have to offer with CAD.

To schedule a personal meeting with our  Representative or contact Sales Team on: 1800 287 223 (1800AUSCAD)

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This is 2 part series for patent application guide for Australia and Drawing specification for the patent application

Part 2: Drawing specification for the patent application

Is your design responsible for the overall appearance of a product? The overall appearance can include the shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation which, when applied to a product, give it a unique visual appearance.

A design does not protect the way a product works.

If you're looking to protect the way a product works or to distinguish your business, perhaps you are after another type of intellectual property.

  • A trademark distinguishes your business from other traders and can be done in a visual way. A type of trademark that can be confused with a design is a shape trademark. This is a three-dimensional shape used to distinguish the goods or services of one trader from those of other traders.
  • A patent protects inventions and new processes – how something works or functions.

Your Design IP rights:

To be entitled as an owner of a design you can be:

  • the person who conceived the design (such as the designer)
  • the employer of the designer, if the designer made the design while working for you
  • the person who contracted the designer to make the design
  • the person to whom the designer has assigned the design in writing.

Where two or more people own interests in a design, they must apply jointly.

The owner may be an individual, a company, an association or a partnership. However, if applying as a company, association or partnership, do not apply using a trading name or a trust.

The process for applying for registration of your design involves a number of steps. You need to make sure you understand and complete each step in order, so your application can be processed quickly and easily. There are also a number of things to know before you start an application.

What a design right gives you

Design registration is intended to protect designs that have an industrial or commercial use. A registered design gives you, the owner, exclusive rights to commercially use, license or sell it.

What design is

A design is the overall appearance of a product. The visual features that form the design include the shape, configuration, pattern and ornamentation.

A product is something that is manufactured or handmade. The mechanics of how a product works or operates are not protected by designs rights, but may instead be protected using a patent.

Some designs can not legally be registered. These include designs for medals, layouts for integrated circuits, Australian currency and scandalous design.

Eligibility - deciding who owns the design

To be entitled as an owner of a design you can be:

  • the person who conceived the design (such as the designer)
  • the employer of the designer, if the designer made the design while working for you
  • the person who contracted the designer to make the design
  • the person to whom the designer has assigned the design in writing.

Where two or more people own interests in a design, they must apply jointly.

The owner may be an individual, a company, an association or a partnership. However, if applying as a company, association or partnership, do not apply using a trading name or a trust.

Is my design new and distinctive?

Your design must be new and distinctive to be registered.

New - it must not be identical to any design previously disclosed anywhere in the world. This includes anything published anywhere in the world or publicly used in Australia.

Distinctive - it must not be substantially similar in overall impression to any design previously disclosed anywhere in the world. This also includes anything published anywhere in the world or publicly used in Australia.

It may help your application if you state how the design is new and distinct but this is not mandatory.

International design protection

If you file an application in another country within six months of filing your Australian application, the date of your Australian application will apply to that country as well. This is only the case if the country you are applying in is a member of the International Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (the Paris Convention).

You will need to prepare representations of the design and complete some forms, all in the style required by the foreign country.

Don't Publicize your design

It's really hard not to tell others about something you are proud of or excited about, but you really need to keep your design a secret if you want to be able to legally protect it.

For your design to be registered it needs to be determined as ‘new’ or ‘distinctive’. This means you can’t have published it anywhere in the world or publicly used it in Australia before applying to register it.

Design Search

Before submitting a design application you should conduct a search of previously registered designs. This will help you determine whether your proposed design is new and distinctive, and therefore worth registering or not.

A search will also determine if a similar design has already been registered.

Australian design search

Australian design search includes up-to-date information on all applications and registrations from 1986 and all registrations captured from 1973 to 1985 that were still active in 1985.

You can also use this search tool to help you determine who owns a design if you want to:

  • obtain a licence to use that design
  • buy the design
  • loan money to the owner of valuable design and then take a mortgage over it.

International designs databases

The two largest international designs databases are held by the European Patent Organisation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has links to the sites of many international IP offices.

Has the design been mortgaged

All security interests such as mortgages over a design must be recorded by the secured party on the national Personal Property Securities Register. This register can be searched to find out whether there is a mortgage over a design. It is no longer a legal securities register.

All claimed security interests including mortgages are currently available through Australian design search.

Seeking a search professional

An important part of design searching is properly interpreting the often complex search results and using these databases effectively is a specialised skill that can sometimes be time-consuming and costly.

If you feel you need assistance, professional searches, specific assistance and advice are available from intellectual property (IP) professionals and search firms.

Drawings Preparations:

Drawings and images (representations) are an important part of your design registration. These drawings or photographs should be of good quality and accurately show the overall visual features of your design as applied to the product.

Requirements for all representations

There is no requirement for a specific number of views. However, you must provide sufficient views to fully display your design, which usually requires a number of views.
We prefer traditional views (front, side and top) but will also accept perspective or isometric views. (See image below).

All views must show exactly the same design. This particularly applies to colour, as colour is usually a visual feature of the design.

If your application includes a statement of newness and distinctiveness the representations should be consistent.

patent drawing specification

Key points for drawings

Drawings should:

  • be accurately drawn, not sketches, on A4 size paper with well-defined line-work
  • only show the design in question and no descriptive wording or dimensions, however, labelling of views such as ‘perspective view’ or ‘rear views’ is acceptable
  • use broken or dashed lines when highlighting:
    • elements of the product other than those bearing the visual features of the design
    • parts of the design that are referred to in the statement of newness and distinctiveness
    • boundaries, such as a pattern applied to part of a surface, stitching and perforations
    • features that establish an environmental context.

Shading and cross-hatching can be used to show a visual feature of the design.

Key points for photographs or digital images

Photographs or digital images should:

  • be clear originals
  • show the product against a plain contrasting background and avoid matter not relevant to the design
  • be A4 or mounted on A4 white paper.

Other details

If it's a multiple design application then each design should be clearly indicated, with each design shown on a separate sheet.

Complex products

Sometimes a design is applied to a part of a complex product and that part can be readily assembled and disassembled from that product. If the component part qualifies as a product, then broader protection may be gained by defining this as a stand-alone part.

Australian Design and drafting helping clients all over from Australia for patent design and drafting needs. We have a strict NDA agreement that allows for protecting innovator rights. Contact us for more details.