Hand Drawings to CAD


Company Questions

Services Questions

Pricing Questions

Turnaround Time Questions

Terms and Conditions Questions

Shipping Questions

Guarantee Questions

Technical Questions


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Company Questions

When did Hand Drawings To CAD begin operations?

Hand Drawings To CAD started in 2001 focusing primarily in Architecture, civil engineering and construction projects. Since then, Hand Drawings To CAD has expanded to cover basically all conversion needs. 

What types of industries does Hand Drawings To CAD serve?

We provide quality drawing conversion services to all industries, and have successfully completed projects for a diverse list of companies in many industries, such as:




Civil Engineering & Surveying


Technical Documentation

Public Works


Public Transportation Systems

Parks & Recreation

Facilities Management

Legal Services


Is Hand Drawings To CAD a USA company?

Yes, Hand Drawings To CAD is a privately-held company located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Service Questions

How is  conversion performed?

We begin with a raster scan of the customer's drawing, which we either receive from the customer or create using our plotter. Then the image is displayed in the CAD software (such as AutoCAD) and the CAD drafter creates the CAD file using the original drawing image as a guide to ensure that nothing is missed. The linework is created to precisely match the dimensions and is not just traced over. Each drawing is then QC checked to ensure accuracy and quality. The result is a perfect CAD file that is as good as (or better than) is produced by the customer's own in-house personnel.

Can you use my own custom settings?

Sure!  We customize the conversion to follow each of the specifications the customer provides, as well as the extra features required by the particular job. Hand Drawings To CAD provides this service at NO cost to you, compared to many companies increasing prices by over 40% for preferences that should be at the customers discretion.

Can Hand Drawings To CAD follow my in-house CAD specs?

Yes. By using our CustomCAD service you can give us your CAD specifications, titleblock formats, and any other requirements. We will follow them exactly and deliver CAD files that look the same as if they had been created at your location. When we use your in-house CAD specs we will give you the opportunity to examine the first completed CAD file to check our understanding and implementation of your instructions. Any corrections will then be made on that CAD drawing and the rest of the project.

We produce the high-quality CAD file in the same way as the FullCAD™ procedure above. However, we customize the conversion to follow each of the specifications the customer provides, as well as the extra features required by the particular job.

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Pricing Questions

What are the prices for Hand Drawings To CAD services?

To receive a same day guaranteed quote and turnaround time, please email us at CAD@HandDrawingstoCAD or call us @ 919-521-8556.


Is there a cost for shipping, media, or special services?

We do not charge for media or standard shipping of CAD files. If a customer needs their drawing prints returned then there are NO shipping costs.

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Turnaround Time Questions

How fast are drawing conversion jobs completed?

Hand Drawings To CAD will give you an precise and accurate turnaround times upon quoting projects.  Hand Drawings To CAD vows to maintain consistency when quoting around turnaround times.

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Terms and Conditions Questions

What other payment types do you accept?

We can accept Credit Cards, Paypal, Personal or Cashiers Check, and Money orders.

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Shipping Questions

What is Hand Drawings To CAD's "ship to" address?

You can ship drawings, etc. to us at: Hand Drawings To CAD, 2800 Combe Hill Trl, Raleigh, NC 27613

Does Hand Drawings To CAD pay for return shipping?

Yes. If you don't want to receive your completed CAD files by email or FTP download, then we will ship the files on CD to your office at no extra charge. If you need your prints returned then there will be an additional $10 charge for this to cover extra shipping and packaging costs. If you send physical drawings then we suggest you send good quality photocopies that we can discard after conversion. This way your drawings are not away from your office and you don't need to wait for their return.

How does Hand Drawings To CAD ship completed jobs?

For those customers that choose to not receive their completed CAD files by electronic delivery we use UPS as our standard shipping method.

Can I send raster files instead of physical prints for conversion work?

Yes. In fact, this is usually the best way to save time and money and still get the best CAD files possible. You can ship a CD-ROM with raster files or send the files electronically by email attachment or FTP. Email your files (smaller quantities) to CAD@HandDrawingstoCAD.

My drawings are very valuable. How can I send them safely?

We recommend that you do not send fragile or irreplaceable drawings. Instead, you can either supply raster files by email or FTP, or you can send good quality photocopies. Either way, your valuable originals will never leave your office. If you don’t have a large scanner you can get raster scans of your drawings at most reprographic service companies.

When sending physical drawings roll them, don’t fold them, and remove any staples or paperclips. Use a stiff tube to keep them from crushing, and put the tube inside a large drawing envelope that is designed for shipping drawings.

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Guarantee Questions

What is the Hand Drawings To CAD guarantee?

We guarantee all our work to be 100 percent accurate, on-time, and of the highest-quality. If we have made an error we will fix it at no charge.

How long does the guarantee last?

The guarantee lasts forever.

Is there anything that is not covered by the guarantee?

No. The guarantee covers all our work.

If I find an error, how do I get it corrected?

It's very easy. Just tell us what needs to be fixed and we will pull the CAD file from our archive and make the change. Than we will send it to you promptly by email.

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Technical Questions

What is a raster file?

When drawings are scanned the result is a raster file. It is made up of a pattern of very small dots (pixels) that form the image of the drawing. A raster file is the starting point for a CAD (vector) conversion.

What is a vector file?

CAD files are vector files. They are superior to raster files in many ways. A vector file is "intelligent" and uses precise coordinates that allow for accurate designs and useful calculations. It can be manipulated in many ways using CAD software. It can be printed at any size without loss of resolution.

What vector file formats can you output to?

AutoCAD .dwg, .dxf, and .dwf, as well as Microstation .dgn

What CAD software does Hand Drawings To CAD support?

We support all of the most widely used PC-based CAD software applications.

How can I supply raster files to Hand Drawings To CAD for processing?

Yes, this is often the easiest and fastest way to get your drawings to us. If you have a scanner big enough then you can scan your own drawings and send the raster files to us for conversion to CAD. You can also have your local reprographic service bureau scan your drawings. Once scanned, your raster files can be put on CD-ROM and mailed to Hand Drawings To CAD or sent electronically using email attachment or FTP upload.

How can I transfer files to/from Hand Drawings To CAD electronically?

With FTP and email you can send raster files to Hand Drawings To CAD, or receive CAD files from Hand Drawings To CAD, without the delay and expense of shipping.  Use our upload form to simplify the process! To send raster files by email (best for small quantities) just attach the raster files to an email and send the email to CAD@HandDrawingstoCAD.  Please contact us for FTP information to send larger files.

Builders we have proudly served

1st American Builders
A.J. Construction
A.R. Nix Construction
Affordable Homes
Alliance Building & Dev.
American Home Gallery
Ange Signature Homes
Anthony & Company, Inc.
Ashley Turner
Atlantic Homes
Bakers Builders
Barfield Designs Inc.
Barrington Homes
Beazer Homes 
Benchmark Homes
Bettom Builders
Bill Clark Homes 
Biltmore Homes
Blue Door Designs
Bock Construction
Bradley Designs
Braswell Construction
Broadstreet Homes
Bruce Manese
Buff Builders
Burgess Construction
CB Custom Homes
C.H. Cox Building Group
Cambridge Properties & Construction
Capitol Homes
Carolina Builders
Carolina Craftsmen
Centex Homes
Chadmor Homes
Chesapeake Homes
Chris Capps
Chris Whitehorne
Classic Colonial Structures
Colmar Construction
Colonial Drafting
Comstock Homes
Cornerstone Development
Creech Construction
Crossman Communities
Custom Craft Builders
Custom Creations Plan Service
Custom Residential Design
DR Horton Custom Homes
Daniel Custom Homes
David Thomas & Assoc.
David Weekley
Denmark Construction
Dixie Construction
DJF Builders
Drees Homes 
Ducatte Building Company
East Pointe Homes
Edwards & Associates
Edwards Contracting Group
EMK Construction
Evergreen Construction
First American
Future Homes
Gateway Homes
Green Cottage Custom Homes
Greg Johnson
Hall Signature Homes
Hampton Building Co
HJ Morris Construction
Houseman Custom Homes
HouseWright Building Co.
Hurstbuilt, Inc.
J. Scott Builders
Jerry Smith Builders
Jim Walter Homes
John Allan Homes
John Wieland Homes
Joseph Grantham Custom Homes
JP Swain
Kerr-Smith Homes
Keystone Builders
Knight Custom Homes
Knowles Builders, Inc.
Langford Construction
Larry Watkins
Lewis Signature Homes
Lichner Construction
Loyd Builders
M/I Homes
M&M Homebuilders
Mack Builders
Medallion Construction
Moffitt Builders 
Moore & Waltman
Myers Preiszch Const.
National Home Plans, Inc.
Noel Homes
Olde Heritage Buiders 
Perry Builders 
Palm Bay Homes
Ray Custom Homes
Revere Construction
Robert Massengill Constr.
Robuck Homes
Rufty Homes
S.C. Barnes Home Builders
Sea2, LLC/ William S. Currin
Senecca Homes
Sierra Building Company
Silvercrest Homes 
SmartBuilt, Inc 
Snyder Hankins Custom Homes
Southeast Custom Homes
Specialty Builders
Standard Pacific Homes 
Strongbuilt Homes
Summerline Builder
Superior Homes
THH Construction
Terrey Homes
Timberline Builders
Tuscany Construction
Urban Construction
Venture Homes
Vintage Homes, Inc.
Westfield Homes
Whitbrook Builders
Windsor Homes

Designers/architects we have proudly served

Allison Ramsey Architecture
Alred Association
Andron Architects & Associates
Architecture Two Thousand
Archival Designs
Atlantic Cadd
A.L. Scherer Home Designs
Atlanta Plan Souce
Amy Stancil
Associated Designs
Bennett Keasier Residential Design
Betts, Thomas
Biltmore Homes
Braxton, Vicky
Builders Plan Source
Capitol Designs
Caudill Design Group
Charette Architects, PLLC
Classic Home Plans
Cline Design & Associates
CLS Drafting & Design
Coastal Designs
Coastline Designs
Crabtree Creations
Cox Designs
Currence, Brandon Architect
Custom Home Design
Davenport Architecture
D&L Designs
D&K Designs 
Design Box
Design Senses
Design Tech
Design Traditions
Donald A Gardner
Down East Home Plans
Dream Home Designs
Dunn & Dalton Architects
Ewing & Skinner
Frank Betz & Associates
Fillmore Design Group
Frazier Home Design
Freeman, Matt
Fuller, Stephen
George Adams
Garrell Associates Inc.
Granville Residential
H2 Home Design
Haynes Home Plans
House Plan Gallery
Hughes Design Group
James Wentling Architects
J Davis Architects
John Karl Lueders
Johnson, Andre
Larry Belk Designs
Living Concepts
M2 Architecture
Mascord Collection
McMillan Design
Midtown Designs
Murphy Garnow Designs
Nelson Design Group
New City Design
Oaks, Adam
Payette Residential Designs
Perry Cox Design
Pickens, Kathy
Raleigh East Designs
Renovation Design
Sater Design Collection
Saulnier, Mark Architect
Schumacher Custom Homes
Sharpe Home Concepts
Shaw Davis Architects
Shoreline Design Group
Sitzer & Supria
Southern Classic Design
Southern Home Designs
Smith, Amy
Southern Designs
Southern Living
Stanton Homes
Taylor Designs
Tony Johnson Architects
Triangle Residential Design
Wesplan Building Design, Inc.
Webber, Bruce
William Poole
Winstead Wilkinson Architects