Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 Ways 3D Visualization is Building the Future

3D visualization and 3D design have come a long way from flat, cartoonish looking images. Today’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software offers realistic models of, well, pretty much anything you can dream up. From altering the course of a freeway to designing medical instruments (and printing them out to exact specifications), the world of 3D visualization has discovered a new level of usability – one that seemed unreachable only a few decades ago.

Challenges resulting from today’s massive design projects are met by utilizing CAD software, along with experts in the field. Together, they craft the places we will one day live and the transportation we will use to get around. Here are 5 industries turning to 3D to pave our road ahead.

The Next Generation of Construction: Taking existing structures and using AutoCAD design suites to figure out if additions will be supported by the foundation, is one way architects are restoring the face of urban areas, without completely destroying the current buildings. Three-dimensional applications can not only assist architects develop new additions to a brownstone, but also help them figure out if a four-story expansion of a building will be structurally sound.


3D Printing: Speaking of The Next Generation, we may soon have our very own replication device next to home and office items, just like those on board the Starship Enterprise. 3D printers use precise specifications from AutoCAD software, including functionality aspects of a product, to reproduce them as physical items with moving parts.

Automotive Design: Automakers still use clay models during the process of car design, sometimes making them life-sized, but the process of 3D visualization has stepped into the forefront of dissecting aerodynamic vehicles prior to production. Thanks to Computer-Aided Design software, that 2015 Mustang you’ve been drooling over had its genesis inside Ford’s R&D department.

Travel’s Next Great Leap: When airports need to be remodeled with minimal downtime between operations, clients like Sacramento County Airport Systems (SCAS) turn to CAD software to redesign multiple airport and airfield properties quickly yet efficiently. With CAD software people are able to upload existing blueprints of all airports, giving access to engineers who meticulously edit landing strips and adjacent structures for effective usability.

Your New Grocery Store: Civil engineer projects mean more than just building plans for government facilities. Publix supermarket turned to AutoCAD software to add a new store in Mobile, Alabama. Gonzalez-Strength, the firm tasked with this duty, used surveys of the region along with the latest version of AutoCAD to quickly analyze raw data and create a site plan. The same software was able to produce a final design layout that local and state legislative members were able to review and approve.

Firms have only begun using CAD software to their advantage. The latest in design programming is yet to come and we can’t wait!

Note: This was a guest post written by Eric M. Hoover. Eric is a Social Media and Content Strategist, building global marketing campaigns for a wide variety of brands. Eric has a fondness for automotive and architectural design, and previously developed website strategy for major automakers and renewable energy companies. Thank you Eric.

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