OK Joe, when I get a chance I'll put a more complex model together.
Yes I can get you a free viewer all too easy.
But you will probably need about 3 minutes training.
What is the size of that block? Well let's think about the so called complex part. Where is the dimension? What edges (2d) is it touching. Hmmmm Lets see if there is a non-value added no cost savings detail identified with some odd ball font for no real value added reason on one of these pages. By the way, do we have the latest drawing here? I don't know. How do we check? i don't know.
Come on, I've been around the block in the day light and the dark. LOL
Btw - in a half way decent file management system I wouldn't look for a part. I look for the assembly to which the part belongs so that not only to I get the part but all the associated parts that may be of interest. But even part by part searching in a semi halfway decent file management system is better then hunting down a piece of paper in a room full of drawers. Been there done that.
You don't mean to say that you can manage 2D electronic files better and easier then 3D electronic files do you?
Boeing is pretty big and I am sure there are still projects and divisions using the older methods, but i can assure you with 100% certainty, in areas the drawings have been history for a long time now and that will continue to grow. My guess though is that there is plenty of legacy and lower priority work for the 1 & 2 dimensional types.
Send me your e-mail, and when I can, I'll follow through with "putting me to the test".