The ability to visualize design data of various types across platforms is now possible through a file format named “JT.” What’s more, the file sizes are but a fraction of what’s ordinarily been the case. This could be a tremendous boost for those who are looking for more collaborative processes.
In two hours or less, you can create fairly sophisticated animations from your CAD system's solid models so that people who know nothing more than how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on their Windows-based computers can better understand a part or assembly design
For many automotive suppliers, Windows-based 3D CAD packages are now a reasonable alternative to high-end, Unix-based CAD systems. They run on inexpensive PCs, are full of features, interoperate with legacy data, and they've got the smarts to help designers out.
The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.
Shifting alliances, the continued encapsulation of engineering expertise, and the drive to reduce the complexity of today's computer-aided design (CAD) systems are just some of the latest milestones on the path toward solids modeling becoming the de facto design engineering tool.