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Large CAD model challenges

Engineers are working with increasingly larger and more complex models during the design process. Working with a model of a complete airplane, for example, has always been a challenge, but model size and complexity are an ongoing concern across industries.

Even models for much smaller products may incorporate multiple, complex subassemblies, as well as metadata, material properties, and other information. And as more smart and connected products are developed, model complexity is only going to increase.

Although these complex, high-fidelity 3D models are crucial to bringing sophisticated products to market faster, they can wreak havoc on workflows and productivity by grinding workstation performance to a halt. An increasing embrace of systems modeling concepts along with pervasive simulation use, including new modalities and more widespread adoption among a broader audience, is also boosting model fidelity to a point where it can be taxing for older workstations to maintain effective performance.

Design and simulation software providers have responded by incorporating new features that make handling large models easier and faster. In most cases, these features also leverage the availability of powerful GPUs, as well as the higher core counts and larger amounts of memory available in modern engineering workstations.

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