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    Im interning for a medium sized company and I was tasked with creating a new file structure and naming system for our engineering files. I was wondering what are the best ways to name CAD files so that they are easy to find and make sense. Thanks you all your help guys. I really need it. Also we use both auto cad and solidworks to make mostly large metal parts if that makes any difference

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    Many companies will use job or project numbers.

    What method is currently in use?
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    right now its honestly almost random. we have tons of folders under engineering and no really clear organizational system. I pretty much need to start from scratch

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    How does this company currently go about finding drawings for any of these large metal parts? Is it by client name? Size? Can you give us examples of folder names?
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    So we are a manufacturing and distribution plant. We have over 50 different manufacturing lines. Those all have their own folder, but they contain from 30 -100 different part and assembly files. Any ideas on a system to name those files so it is easier to navigate these folders? I wanted something most descrtive than just "hopperbackplate" or "left hinge" because those are really difficult to know exactly what they are. Thanks for the help. I know this is kind of vague and complicated

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    How does the company market these myriad manufactured items, and is it reasonable to implement a file naming convention that allows you to either replicate the product codes used, or perhaps N number of character acronyms/abbreviations for each (for consistency)?

    Remember, in CAD there are many ways to go about providing descriptions - using Sheet Set Manager, DWGPROPS, etc. - even outside of CAD, you can implement a simple Desktop.ini for each 'root' folder to utilize the Title, and Tags columns in File Explorer.

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    Isn't there a Autodesk product that can help with what the OP is asking. I don't have that many drawings from different jobs to keep track of but I thought I read somewhere that Autodesk has some sort of organizational software that can help keep track of your drawings. Not progress or changes per say but where they are and what they are.

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    Are you referring to AutoCAD Vault or the book "Popular CAD Drawing Names 2015"?
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    LOL Remark your a funny guy. But yeah the Vault is one and here's another that I remember looking at. Never used it but might be a good starting point for the OP.
    http://www.synergissoftware.com/feat...s_overview.php

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    Maybe some form of partno then adding tree info "BIGALS big part-part123", part123-hinge1, part123-hinge2, part123-hinge2-screws
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