Without 3D CAD today, architects and engineers would face daunting challenges. Structures, designs and workflows are becoming more complex, while clients demand more for their money. 3D CAD modeling solutions give you and your company several benefits over 2D counterparts. Here are four ways 3D CAD solutions can improve your architecture and engineering design work.
1. You’ll avoid costly mistakes with 3D CAD
3D modeling solutions offer unprecedented insight when creating designs. They give you the ability to test the stress factors and tolerances of a building or product before you build, saving time, money and potentially disastrous consequences. A 3D model also lets you see the end result before it’s built, allowing you to correct issues before it’s too late.
3D CAD software goes way beyond design, with support for advanced analysis tools that do everything from simulating the flow of fluid to measuring vibrations in key structural components. Simulating those environmental factors is critical to identifying design flaws and pinpointing serious build problems—before you have to pay for them.
2. You’ll save time and work more efficiently
When comparing newer 3D technology to 2D CAD solutions, 3D offers you some advantages. In 2D CAD, a lot of time and energy is spent ensuring that your plan, section and elevation agree. In 3D, architects and engineers quickly and easily extract that 2D information from a completed model, leaving more time to focus on the design process.
With 3D CAD software, each individual component of a structure can also be isolated, analyzed, tested, approved or changed—without accidentally altering other design components—all before you pour an ounce of concrete or fire up the production line.
3. You’ll gain more precision and control
One of the major benefits associated with 3D software is its precision. Each component of a building, product or machine can be analyzed and measured individually. When paired with a 3D mouse, the design process becomes even more precise.
4. It can help you win quotes and keep clients happy
While your 2D designs might look great, nothing compares to giving clients and prospects a virtual tour of their building. 3D modeling shows clients a polished and interactive visual representation of the final product, before you even need to think about a physical prototype or model.
3D designers also gain a significant market advantage: they can offer clients more customized building designs, since individual design elements can be changed with ease.