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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design


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The InstantCAD tool in action.

InstantCAD enables designers to interactively edit, improve, and optimize CAD models using a more streamlined and intuitive workflow.

Credit: Rachel Gordon/MIT CSAIL

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Columbia University have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design (CAD) models via a simpler, intuitive workflow.

The InstantCAD plug-in supports integration with existing CAD programs.

Following design in a commercial CAD program, an object goes to a cloud platform where multiple geometric evaluations and simulations are run concurrently, enabling improvement and optimization either by interactive exploration via real-time feedback or automatic optimization.

"This could be a real game changer for...companies that want to be able to test and improve complex designs in a matter of seconds to minutes, instead of hours to days," says MIT's Adriana Schulz.

MIT professor Wojciech Matusik says InstantCAD also can significantly improve the quality of the products themselves. "The more complex your design gets, the more important this kind of a tool can be," Matusik notes.

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