Horsepower in the Cloud

Some engineers reasonably argue that browser-based CAD systems (on the cloud) cannot compete against desktop systems. But is that actually true? Traditional desktop CAD systems typically require serious CPU and GPU. Installs are large and upgrades are non-trivial.

Browser-based CAD systems have been on the rise, especially for small project requirements. Since the entire CAD application is running inside a browser, there is no install needed and upgrades happen automatically on the cloud. Also, the user can use these CAD systems on multiple platforms and devices if they have access to a standard browser—from any location.

3DCreator from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS is one such CAD system that runs in a browser. Is the gap closing between what is possible on a desktop versus in a browser?

MRI Scans

This is an anatomically accurate human male created from full-body MRI scans provided to SOLIDWORKS by partner Zygote, which maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive libraries of accurate 3D anatomy and biomedical models. This model is extremely dense (17 million polygons).

Here I am suppressing the muscles and some of the organs like lungs, intestines, liver, pancreas, and more.

3D Creator, running in a browser, enabled me to perform all my modifications (reassembly, adding structure, and more) without a hitch.

Below are some screenshots from 3D Creator of the various systems in a human body.

Circulatory System

Skeletal System

Nervous System

Traditionally, people think of 3D CAD as a massive desktop system and a huge graphics card. Browser-based CAD has come a long way toward performing complex modeling. And, going forward, you may see the power closing between desktop and browser-based systems.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform also has collaboration and data management tools built-in, so working with colleagues both inside and outside of engineering—and even customers and suppliers—is fast and easy.

High-end CAD on the cloud? 3D Creator already packs an impressive punch.

If you would like to see a demo of 3D Creator and how it seamlessly interacts with SOLIDWORKS on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, please contact your local reseller.

Arnav Mukherjee

Arnav Mukherjee is a Product Portfolio Director in the SOLIDWORKS Product Management team. Arnav specializes in Visualization, Graphics, Simulation and general product interaction in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio. Arnav holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Computer Science from Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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