Further Comments on Fabrication Diagrams
A major drawback of the fabrication diagram are Organization Associative Losses. The text-to-text associations are supposed to help organize complex assemblies with multiple similar parts, but the associations (ex. 1 is the hopper assembly for a given machine) can needlessly slow down navigation to critical information about the concepts, dimensions, and instructions for a technology. Additionally, the lack of focus on conceptual understanding causes poor conceptual context that heavily degrades the potential for proper part/assembly organization as a mental model (instead of just words).
Another documentation strategy called Direct Access is being developed in order to combat organization-associative losses and instead focus on access to critical information (concepts, dimensions) and improved navigability.