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.
The Business Advantage Group recently released its 2014 Worldwide CAD Trends Survey, announcing both a prospective increase in the cloud-based CAD industry and the anticipated incorporation of 3D printing.
Autodesk, a leader in 3D design solutions, announced earlier this month that it has completed its acquisition of Delcam, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM manufacturing software, in its efforts to expand the company’s manufacturing software capabilities.
Texas Instruments' Webench is vying to win the Golden Mousetrap Award in the Analysis & Calculation Software category, but it is up against some pretty tough competition from Mentor Graphics, COMSOL, and aPriori Inc.
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