Graphics for hardware instructions

Subject: Graphics for hardware instructions
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:54:55 -0500

For a hardware product, is it reasonable to want 3D line drawings of the equipment that can be rotated to show all sides (and exterior features) of the product?

I'd like to get a pro illustrator to create such a thing from samples or from engineering drawings, and provide me with source files that could be manipulated (preferrably in a FLOSS vector-art program) by me to take whatever views I desired, show connections to other equipment, show rack-mounting, etc.

Does anybody work this way?

We have no in-house illustrators. Our mechanical hardware design is done by outside contractors. Our in-house arteeeestic types are more of the web-design or "here's a lovely new logo and corporate color scheme" sort.

My skills are limited, which means I could get where I want to be eventually, but there's no time. I think it should be good to have a pro do the initial work and leave me with something good-looking and fully manipulable.

Kevin McLauchlan
Senior Technical Writer
SafeNet, Inc.

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