If you’ve ever visited a foreign country where you didn’t speak the language, you have an idea what it must be like for non-engineers to understand design intent. Speaking more slowly or loudly doesn’t help. Showing a layman schematics, Excel tables or even simulation visualizations is the engineering equivalent of a tourist asking directions to the airport by stretching out their arms to pantomime a plane. You might get your idea across, but it will take awhile — and time is a luxury most design engineers don’t have.
Design engineers speak the same language. Tolerances, loads, stresses, thermal envelopes and more make it easy for engineers to communicate requirements, development issues and engineering change orders. However, not all clients and colleagues speak that language, which stymies collaboration and results in inefficiencies and lost opportunities. If only you could show them exactly what you had in mind in a way anyone could understand. That’s what rendering allows you to do.
Making the Case for Visual Collaboration
A new paper produced by Desktop Engineering on behalf of BOXX Technologies makes the case for investing in the hardware, software and workflow to support visual collaboration. It explains how rendering can improve the design process, enhance collaboration and enable better customer interactions through real-world examples.
Communicate Early and Often
The design process has been compressed. Customers expect more complex products in an increasingly short timeframe, which has made communication throughout the process even more critical.
Prototypes, while extremely useful in communicating the look and feel of a design, are expensive to build and often aren’t created until later in the design process when most of the key decisions have already been made. Lacking the ability to quickly and effectively communicate design intent and the impact of change orders to all stakeholders inhibits collaboration.
Quality rendering, however, can cut through the technical noise early in the design process, allowing colleagues and clients to experience the “ah-ha” moments that can lead to new ideas, faster change approvals, clearer communication, and ultimately better and more satisfying designs. Rendering can help you quickly lead colleagues and clients to better decisions with easily understandable visual information. From initial concepts, through multiple design changes and to the final presentation, rendering provides all stakeholders with a clear view of the project.
Equipped with the right hardware, including overclocked workstations, powerful GPUs and render nodes built to enable faster, iterative visualization of designs, engineers can work faster, provide better results and truly collaborate with other team members, customers and colleagues in various disciplines in ways that weren’t previously possible.