Posts with tag: ‘CAD Tips’

Benchmarks: Time to Put your CAD Workstation to the Test

We showed you in an earlier post how to build your own customized CAD workstation from the ground up at an affordable cost, but even the best tool is only as good as what it is used for.

Now is the time to put your customized CAD workstation to the test and see what it can really do!

The day of reckoning is at hand - the money and toil poured into your CAD workstation must now face judgment. Sure, you might be sporting 2688 CUDA cores that can pump out 187 billion texels per second. A righteous sounding number, if you were paid by the texel that is. Spec dropping can quickly escalate out of hand, thanks to the internet. Who cares that your workstation leverages a tetra-bat of graphics to muster 70 billion more gigaflop-joules-per-fortnight-squared or that it might do the Kessel run in less than 14 – or perhaps 12 – parsecs? Before someone furrows their brow and disapprovingly folds their arms at your outlandish claims of CAD performance, it's high time to remove all doubt. Prove it.

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5 Tips to Improve Your PhotoView 360 Rendering Skills

From time to time at GrabCAD, we like to spotlight the more than 5 million members of our online engineering and design community and the awesome work that they do.

This is a guest post from GrabCAD superstar JE Paz. He's been sharing his models and renderings with others since first joining the Community in 2011. Now, he shares with us what he's learned to help improve your PhotoView 360 Rendering Skills. Take it away JE!

So, there are a lot of aspects that go into creating a very accurate, highly realistic rendering. You pick up tricks along the way, how to look at models in the context of reality and use composition to frame your rendering. To get you started down this path, I’m going to share some rendering tips that will help improve your rendering skills using SolidWorks Photoview 360.

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Best for CAD Work – Mouse, Trackball, 3D Device?

CAD work can sometimes be a long and tedious process, but what better way to make it more interesting and exciting than to have the latest gadgets to assist you as you toil over your latest CAD model?

While on the topic of gadgets (check out this groovy curved screen I wrote about) I stumbled upon some awesome hmm... let's call them input devices, designed specifically for CAD engineers. And if you're spending 8 hours a day staring at CAD models you want a really good monitor and really good and mouse, trackball or one of these over-the-top devices. Here's a run down of those that should be the best for CAD work in my opinion (updated: May 2014).

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