Just started a 12 month contract in the solar business. I'm hired as a technical writer, but I think they will likely lean heavily on my illustration skills. There's still a lot of use of photographs (poor) with numbered callouts. The mechanical engineers work in SOLIDWORKS, so the tech writing team is looking at SOLIDWORKS Composer to help with graphics.
Anyone have any thoughts or has anyone used Composer? I think one of the key features is ability to output vectors via SVG. You can then open the SVG in Illustrator and go from there. Of course Composer videos show the entire assembly instructions being handled within Composer, but like all CAD based programs, the line-art capabilities are lacking. As well, the engineering models do not include any of the wiring, so it would require additional illustration work in Illustrator.
Is this a common workflow: CAD => vectors => Illustrator?
I've only been here a week, but should be a fun ride....