In recent years, there design and engineering industry has been shifting towards cloud-based solutions. Long gone are the days of software installed on a single computer, most CAD software is now available on a cloud-based subscription model, allowing for easier collaboration and access to the latest features and updates.
The main advantage for the user of cloud-based solutions is the ability to work on projects from anywhere with an internet connection. This allows for greater flexibility especially with the rise in home and flexible working and can make it easier for distributed teams to collaborate and share designs. Cloud-based solutions also typically include automatic updates, so users always have access to the latest versions of the software.
Another important aspect of cloud-based CAD is the ability to integrate with Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems. BIM is a process for creating a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building or infrastructure. By using a cloud-based CAD solution, multiple team members can access and work on the same BIM model simultaneously.
Of course, there are huge benefits for the software companies too. Increased revenue. By offering a subscription-based model, CAD software companies can generate ongoing revenue rather than just one-time sales. Which follows on to increased security too. Cloud-based solutions often offer enhanced security measures to ensure only paying users can access the software leaving a lot of lower income designers on the outside of the affordability castle.
There are too certainly some potential drawbacks to moving to a cloud-based CAD solution. As mentioned, there is the need for a stable internet connection. As you are well aware, CAD files can be huge and being able to access and update them relies on having high speed internet. The potential security concerns are an issue too. However, for many of you, the benefits of cloud-based CAD far outweigh the potential drawbacks.