SolidWorks 2013's PhotoView 360 rendering engine has been enhanced to support more textural appearances on objects, and a new network rendering capability allows for faster rendering of images by networking multiple computers together to share the computational load. (Source: SolidWorks)
It is pretty crazy the amount of capabilities they are folding into modern-day CAD programs. It's not just little feature enhancements for productivity or modeling power. There are entire swaths of capabilities, around sheet metal, simulation, product analytics, etc. that are now part and parcel of most CAD vendors' basic offering and definitely a core part of their extended suites.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.