3 CAD Trends to Watch

    Posted by 3DxBlog Team on Jun 4, 2014 5:00:00 AM

    2014 CAD trendsEvery year, CAD trends come and go, bringing new areas of focus, advancements in technologies, and new ways of accomplishing work. So what did some of the top thought leaders in the industry suggest we’ll start seeing in 2014? 

    Predictions at the forefront of the conversation focus on virtual reality, CAD dentistry and CAD in the cloud.  

    1. 2014 Will Be the Year Immersive Virtual Reality Takes Off

    Ken Wilson, manufacturing industry advisor and founder of CAD/CAM Connect and CAD/CAM Reviews, predicts that 2014 will be the year of immersive virtual reality.

    Immersive virtual reality is the perception of being physically present in a non-physical world with non-physical objects. This perception is made possible through technologies like Oculus VR who strive to make virtual reality as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

    Wilson reflects that “this technology has been out there for some time, but my guess is that it is now primed, more affordable and showing real-world ROI benefits.”

    Wilson suspects that the virtual reality boom will come from its use in engineering and manufacturing workflows. They’ll use it for an unprecedented level of collaboration between design teams and clients, bridging communication and increasing design efficiencies.

    There are three big benefits of immersive virtual reality:

    • Better collaboration on projects
    • Reduced errors and costs
    • Improved sales and marketing

    “With price points dropping and the buzz in the industry, this sector is primed for growth and, I believe, in the manufacturing space,” says Wilson.

    Even chickens are getting a taste of what virtual reality is all about!

    2. Chairside CAD/CAM Dentistry Will Shake Up the Dental Industry

    Dr. Jeff Rohde, DDS, MS, practicing dentist and owner of a comprehensive restorative and surgical practice in Santa Barbara, California, predicts that chairside CAD/CAM dentistry will hit big in 2014.

    Chairside CAD/CAM is not a new concept in dentistry. However, advancements in the technology allow for amazingly accurate, quick restorations, and have brought the technology back into vogue. With the advanced technology, dentists can create milled ceramic crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and bridges right on the spot.

    Dr. Rohde explains, “What is not happening here is ‘hurry-up’ dentistry that compromises quality and esthetics. These CAD/CAM restorations are amazingly accurate, and the esthetics will be as good as you take the time to make them.”

    3. CAD in the Cloud Will Grow

    Business Advantage conducted a worldwide CAD trends survey and subsequent report for 2014. One of the more notable trends uncovered in the report is the role that CAD in the cloud will play.

    CAD in the cloud has so far been adopted slowly, but predictions point toward increased usage in 2014 and beyond.

    Ken Wilson sheds light on why adoption has previously lagged:

    “With concerns over IP security still lingering, the adoption rate has been slow to date. Like internet banking, the initial security concern will slowly subside with the cloud gradually taking shape and many more manufacturing companies jumping on board in 2014 and beyond.” 

    According to the report, only 7% of respondents currently use cloud options for CAD work. That number is expected to grow 18% within the next five years. 

    CAD in the cloud yields benefits ranging from higher mobility (the ability to access documents anywhere, anytime) and increased storage capacity to easier software updates and cost reductions—all of which would make file sharing, collaboration and other tedious, time-consuming tasks a breeze. 

    Have you seen truth in these predictions? What other predictions would you make for 2014 and beyond? Let us know you thoughts in the comments below.  

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