DWG was derived from the name “Drawing”. It is basically a CAD (Computer Aided Design) software file format containing 2D and 3D design data.
DWG files are typically binary file formats consisting of vector image data and metadata written in binary coding.
DWG Binary code
DWG CAD Drawing
DWG is the native file format of most of the CAD applications like DraftSight, AutoCAD, ZWCAD, BricsCAD and others. This format is widely used by Architects, engineers, and designers, for various design & engineering purposes.
DWG was the native file format of Interact CAD package, developed by Mike Riddle in the late 1970s, and later licensed by Autodesk in 1982.
Computer-aided design (CAD) files are integral to today’s manufacturing processes. Among these CAD files, DWG file format stands upfront and is used by almost every engineering application.
Today even though engineers and industries are leaning towards 3D modeling technology, the truth is still a lot of innovation, information exchange and drawing communication is happening through 2D or DWG format.
The users demand for DWG files evidently signifies that there are still many industries who value 2D drawings over 3D.
Civil Engineering 2D images
Electrical Engineering 2D images
Civil engineering field is one where 2D will be adopted plenty. It doesn’t need or make sense that to have a plan or section drawings in 3D.
Electrical engineering is another big 2D industry. A significant number of electrical schematic components only need to be simply in 2D drawing, there is no need to waste time to create every component in 3D.
In an engineering environment, design or manufacturing information often must be shared. DWG or DXF file formats are those which can store that information where anyone can read, edit, or share to others who can utilize it for engineering purposes.
DWG files can be opened & viewed with several applications such as Autodesk Viewer, SOLIDWORKS eDrawings, Adobe Illustrator etc.
DWG files can be worked with several CAD tool platforms like DraftSight, AutoCAD, ZWCAD etc.
DWG can also be published as PDF, Image file formats like JPEG or Bitmap, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) etc. via CAD tool platforms. These file formats can be easily opened and viewed by anyone without native CAD applications.
DWG- PDF Conversion
1. DWG files are Vector by Nature
JPG VS DWG
2. DWGs offers a real-world working environment.
DWG real world environment
3. Backward Compatibility
DWG backward compatibility
4. DWG/DXF files are used to exchange data between different CAD programs.
DWG exchange data
5. DWG file sizes are small
6. Potential in both 2D and 3D
DWG 2D & 3D capable
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