CAD software is efficient for creating and sharing new designs in a number of fields, but if you are inefficient, you may have difficulty completing your work in a timely manner. It’s hard to directly increase the speed of your work, especially when quality is very important, but if you can improve your performance, it will help you, your boss, and your clients in the long run.
Basically there are two ways to work more efficiently with CAD software. First, you have to make CAD software faster and more responsive on your computer; this is a technical problem that must be solved. Second, you must increase your own understanding and fluidity in the platform; it’s all about your own abilities.
Choosing the Right CAD Software
It all starts with choosing the right CAD software. There are currently hundreds of options available on the market, but not all of them are suitable for your needs. Make sure you invest in a platform specifically designed to be efficient for your unique needs. In addition, try to choose the best platform in a category; don’t limit your choices based on your current hardware. It is far better to find CAD software that performs better and updates your PC than to add software to your current hardware.
While the free option sounds attractive because it’s budget-friendly, it’s usually better to use the paid version which is better optimized, with more features. However, spend time physically evaluating different choices, and make your choices based on your experience.
Learn From Special Platform-Tips
Once you have CAD software working, take the time to get to know the platform. Many platforms, such as Lumion, offer tips that improve workflow and feature explanations that can help beginners and advanced users. Often, you will find features that you don’t know are there, or pick up tips that you might not find yourself.
It’s also important to “play around” with the software to see if there are ways you can adjust it to your liking. For example, can you reset menu options? Or is there a control option that feels more comfortable for you?
Optimize your PC
You also need to spend time optimizing the performance of your CAD software. Some programs are resource intensive, especially if they offer 3D rendering, so it’s important to make sure your hardware can handle it.
- The CPU. Your CPU (central processing unit) is what handles most of your computer’s operations. If you run many programs simultaneously, this is an absolute necessity.
- The GPU. Many types of design software depend more on your graphics card, or graphics processing unit (GPU). Your GPU isn’t as good as multitasking as your CPU, but is faster at certain tasks, like rendering images. If you see a decrease, increasing your graphics card to a better model (with more graphics memory) is a good choice.
- RAM Your random access memory (RAM) also plays a major role in the performance of your CAD software (and your computer). Upgrading can be useful.
- Cleaning and optimizing. It’s a good idea to clean bloatware, spy for malware and other installed items that can slow down your computer too.
Be sure to check your specifications against the developer’s recommendations too.
Master Keyboard Shortcuts
Most modern software platforms have many keyboard shortcuts that you can use, in addition to basic shortcuts that you can use globally. Each shortcut has the power to save you time for a few seconds, each time you use it, eventually increasing the hours for months.
But there is a problem; learning shortcuts is a time intensive process. You must do some research to find out which shortcut is there, and practice or memorize it so you can use it smoothly.
Although your return on investment will vary depending on shortcuts and platforms, this is usually a useful endeavor. Be willing to spend extra time to master these techniques.
Reducing File Size
In most CAD software, there are easy ways to optimize your work and reduce the size of your files without reducing quality. For example, you might be able to clean up some of the structures that underlie your design, or you can utilize the power of third-party optimization tools to make your files cleaner. Ultimately, this can help load your files faster, perform faster, and make it more efficient.
These tips will help your CAD software work harder and perform better, while increasing your speed and total output. Everything else will come with practice; the more time you spend on the platform, polishing and refining your approach, you will be faster and more efficient.