Large assemblies clunk around on screen simply because the software’s graphics engine hasn’t changed in years. Meanwhile, much of the GPU sits idle, rather like a Ferrari’s V12 engine on London’s M25 in rush hour.
But who can blame the developers? It’s impossible to be a specialist in all areas of CAD software development. The optimisation of 3D graphics is best left to the experts, right? This is why boffins at AMD have been spending time under the hood of many of the leading 3D CAD/CAM applications.
The AMD FirePro Professional graphics team has helped optimise the graphics engines inside CATIA, SolidWorks, Vero and EdgeCAM. Now it’s the turn of PTC and a close collaboration between the two companies has led to a big increase in performance in PTC’s new Creo Parametric 2.0.