Tech Check: The Tools and Tips You Need to Enhance Your CAD Experience

    Posted by Tony Lonergan on Sep 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

    cadexperience.jpgYou may not realize it, but your current technology may be holding you back from delivering top-notch CAD work.

    How? It’s simple.

    Today’s engineering industry is evolving rapidly and older methods of technology (think ordinary computer mice) are simply outdated. CAD professionals may find themselves struggling to complete and deliver quality projects in a timely fashion, simply because of the tools they’re using.

    Luckily, there are plenty of tools and technologies to replace some of your current solutions that just don’t work for you anymore. Read on for a tech check to learn which tools can help you achieve your best CAD performance, as well as helpful technology tips to enhance your workflow. 

    Simplify Your Workflow with Valuable Extras

    Depending on which CAD software you’re using, there’s likely a downloadable extension or plugin to simplify some of your tasks. CAD platforms like Onshape, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Autodesk, and more have their own libraries of helpful extensions to aid in your CAD work.

    Adding these extensions to your workflow can cut down on production time by automating or simplifying tedious, or complex tasks. For example, these seven SketchUp extensions all provide one similar benefit: they boost productivity, making CAD work easier, faster and more enjoyable.

    Think 3D

    SpaceMouse Enterprise.jpgDon’t wait until your ordinary computer mouse begins to trigger wrist pains and irritations to decide you need to make a change. Unfortunately, these regular computer mice are not designed for CAD pros like you and, therefore, require five to six times more force to press the left or right buttons while designing.

    The key is to think 3D…mice, that is. A 3D mouse provides a number of benefits to CAD users, including dramatically improved comfort, design ease and efficiency, and more accuracy. And, there is one for nearly every work style. Each one features a unique ergonomic design, advanced sensor technology, and conveniently located buttons and navigation.

    Related Read: How to Find the Best 3D Mouse for You

    Make Room with the Cloud

    By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of cloud-based technology: easy access from any internet connection and immense savings on IT hardware, upgrades and installation.

    While these perks are certainly valuable for CAD users, there are plenty more that make cloud technology a worthwhile investment. Cloud-based sites like Google Drive, Dropbox and more all give designers the ability to save and share their designs without having to take up valuable storage space on their computers. Cloud collaboration cuts down on revision time, which means you and your teams can deliver projects efficiently.

    Related Read: 3 Easy Tips to Make Your Virtual Teams More Productive           

    Try a Collaborative Suite

    Chances are you’ve Googled how to execute a design or how to use a command in any given CAD software. Rather than continuing to reinvent the wheel in your firm or organization, consider using a collaborative suite for employees to share information. 

    XWiki Collaboration Suite, Yammer, Socialcast and more allow people to carry out private communication within their own organizations. Sites like these encourage information sharing, which can cut down on duplicated efforts of researching the same question or design hack.

    Customize Your Two-Handed Workflow

    One of the best and most efficient ways to achieve high quality CAD work is to invest in the tools that allow you a seamless two-handed workflow: The SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit.

    But, the best way to get the most out of this kit is by using the 3DxWare 10 software driver to customize each tool. The SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit includes the SpaceMouse Enterprise and CadMouse, which give CAD users a smooth two-handed approach to their designs for faster, easier design. 

    With the included software driver, users can tailor the command buttons and navigation to fit their own unique work style and preferences. So, if there is a command used repeatedly, users can easily add it to their navigation system to streamline much of their workflow.

    Start Creating with the SpaceMouse Enterprise Kit

    Tags: 3D CAD, CAD Tips and Tricks, Productivity