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As the CAD Industry Undergoes Technological Advancements...

The Computer Automated Design (CAD) industry is being reshaped by technological advancements in collaboration, Internet, graphics and mobile technologies with screen-size limitations. The emergence of new technologies has impacted areas such as large drawing and image handling, Product Lifecycle Management and workflow design.

Designs are Becoming More Complicated and Existing Viewing and Editing Tools are Proving to be Inadequate...

2D and 3D CAD designs can consist of many components. Currently, CAD specialists often need to use a combination of wire frame, shading, and clip plane features as well as employ a significant number of keystrokes to access a particular component of interest. Given their existing viewing and editing tools, architects, engineers and designers are faced with a challenge to perform these tasks efficiently. Existing zoom, pan, and separate views do little to address the longstanding need of CAD users to analyze a detailed region of interest on a design and understand how this detail relates to the context of the surrounding image. Further advancements in 3D graphics have also resulted in CAD users needing more advanced tools within their CAD software to perform every day tasks such as navigation, editing and manipulation. Current solutions such as rotation, transparencies, and information filtering techniques all result in data being concealed from view and the structure or model being altered from its original state. Switching from view to view to understand how these various layers or objects are interrelated can lead to workflow inefficiencies and lost productivity, leading to a weaker decision making process.

A Stronger Need for Interactive Design and Communication Tools is Emerging...

CAD professionals are also looking for ways to advance their current collaboration and presentation methods. Typically architects, designers and engineers present inflexible physical models to communicate their ideas. These models do not give viewers a true sense of their design intent. It has always been a challenge to effectively convey past, present, and future ideas to a wide audience through physical models, drawings and artist renderings. This challenge is driving the need for interactive, real-time collaborative demonstrations for planners, designers, and community groups to visualize and evaluate proposed changes and new developments.

In Order to Remain Competitive, Companies Need to Address Workflow Inefficiencies and Improve Communication Processes...

Current workflow processes often result in long implementation schedules and generally prohibit cost savings, quality and service results from being realized by customers. In order to remain competitive, companies must streamline their approach and look for new ways to reduce the work redundancy of their specialists and shorten the production procedures involved within current workflow processes. Services can also be improved by seeking out new tools to aid in collaboration and communication.

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Existing viewing technologies do little to address the need of CAD users to analyze a detailed region of interest on a design and understand how this detail relates to the context of the surrounding image.
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PDT enables faster access to components of interest within your CAD drawings and models, resulting in a more efficient workflow.

Introducing PDT and PDT 3d Lens Technology by IDELIX

With PDT and PDT 3d, companies can improve existing design and drafting toolsets, enabling CAD users to improve their workflow by navigating and editing 2D drawings, and removing occluding objects that hide areas of interest within 3D models without encountering the usual loss of surrounding context and navigational cues associated with existing zoom, pan and inset viewing and searching technologies. With PDT, CAD professionals can pick out the right information at the right time, and act on it. These in-place lens technologies can improve productivity, resulting in faster project delivery times, cost savings and a higher return on investment. PDT and PDT 3d improves presentation and communication of valuable information by empowering users to view and interact in real-time with data along with co-workers, customers, and people in the field. This can help accelerate the use of design data across design teams, throughout the organization and beyond, resulting in designs getting to market faster, and a more interactive display that will give customers a greater understanding of the design intent.

PDT and PDT 3d: Integrate Powerful Tools for Viewing and Interacting With 2D and 3D Data

PDT can help CAD users experience productivity gains in the following areas...
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) solutions
  • Mechanical design and manufacturing
  • Electronic circuit design including schematic composition, verification, validation and packaging, various EDA functions
  • GIS and mapping
  • Block-level chip assembly and the automated custom physical design flow including support of level of design hierarchy, iterative routing, layer constraints, wiring rules, interactive topology editing, and auto routing
  • Land development and the accessing of specific features such as COGO, terrain modeling, parcel and alignment manipulation, and annotation functionality

Find out more

For a list of the Features and Benefits of PDT and PDT 3d, see the PDT Product Sheets . For more technical detail on PDT, read our White Papers or Technical Descriptions .

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