Before software advancements, design-led fields like engineering and architecture used the basic drafting board and pencil and paper to create two-dimensional drawings. Not only were two-dimensional drawings cumbersome to make, but errors in design were only discovered after construction. When CAD drawings were introduced in 1982, the traditional pen and paper was replaced with a computer and mouse, completely changing the way engineering and architectural fields worked. Now, design professionals in AEC industries can benefit fromstreamlined CAD workflows.

The introduction of BIM (building-information-modeling) was another big change for the AEC industries, going from 3D drawings to complex models that incorporate time and cost information (among other things). So, while CAD simply digitized the basic design process, BIM provides a holistic package of the design and functionality of a building.

Compared to 30 years ago, 3D CAD content has gotten more complex as 3D data sets have gotten bigger and bigger, and the stakes in AEC projects are higher than ever. To add to that, more people want to view 3D data on smartphones and tablets, in the web, and in real-time applications like AR and VR experiences. And while entertainment and gaming applications using real-time technology have taken off, design-led industries face some challenges to real-time visualization because of complex data sets.

Life before AutoCAD

Life before AutoCAD

Challenges to real-time visualization

Big 3D CAD data poses challenges for real-time visualization. CAD models with BIM data are cumbersome, taking a long time to render. But for many 3D artists and designers, the bigger challenge comes when it’s time to optimize a model. It can take days or even weeks to clean-up and simplify a model and make it optimal for real-time technology.

The rise of complex 3D Data, and demand for real-time visualization has opened the market for tools and software solutions that bridge the gap between CAD data and immersive technology. One of these tools, Meshmatic, a big 3D asset management and optimization tool, is transforming the design pipeline the same way CAD did 30 years ago by helping 3D designers optimize large 3D CAD files.

Optimize large 3D CAD files efficiently

Just like AutoCAD replaced the old drafting board with a more efficient workflow, Meshmatic, will transform the complex and expensive 3D optimization workflow to a streamlined process. Meshmatic can help 3D artists that spend countless hours optimizing large 3D CAD files make better use of their time and focus on what’s important, the accuracy of their model and beauty of their visualization.

When a 3D modeler working in an engineering firm receives a Revit file from a client, not only do they have to optimize the CAD file for a beautiful visualization, but they have to ensure BIM metadata isn’t lost, outliner hierarchies are kept in-tact, and that design accuracy is assured. With Meshmatic’s features, 3D artists in design-led industries can handle complex files, make edits and optimize it for real-time applications all while ensuring data accuracy.

Are you ready to transform your pipeline and optimize large 3D CAD files the efficient way?