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Are Virtual Desktops The Future of Engineering and CAD Applications?

CAD in the Cloud / May 1, 2023

As engineering and CAD applications like SOLIDWORKS have evolved over the years, they have become increasingly complex and require high-end hardware to run effectively. Many organizations have invested heavily in their hardware infrastructure to meet these demands. However, this approach is becoming less practical with the increasing need for remote work and the desire for more flexible work arrangements.


Fortunately, the development of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has created new possibilities for remote work in the engineering and CAD industry. VDI allows for the deployment of virtual CAD desktops that can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, without compromising hardware performance. Here are some of the benefits of using virtual desktops for engineering and CAD applications:


  1. Access Anywhere, Anytime: With virtual CAD desktops, engineers and product designers can access their work from anywhere worldwide, as long as they have an internet connection. This means they can work from home, on the go, or from a client’s site without the need for dedicated hardware.


  1. Improved Collaboration: Virtual CAD desktops enable real-time collaboration on engineering and CAD projects. Teams can work on the same project simultaneously, regardless of their location, which can improve productivity and reduce turnaround times.


  1. Cost Savings: With VDI, there is no need for expensive hardware investments. Instead, virtual CAD desktops can be accessed from any device, including low-cost laptops, reducing the overall hardware cost.


  1. Scalability: Virtual CAD desktops can be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the business. This makes it easier to manage peaks and troughs in demand so manufacturers and engineering firms can accommodate new hires and contract workers.


  1. Enhanced Security: Virtual CAD desktops are more secure than traditional desktops because all data is stored in a centralized location. This reduces the risk of data breaches and makes it easier to manage and monitor security protocols. This protects manufacturers from losing their intellectual property.


There are only a handful of companies that offer virtual desktops for engineering and CAD applications and EpiGrid is proud to be a leader in the space. Our virtual workstations are designed specifically for these CAD applications, ensuring high performance and reliability. In addition, EpiGrid virtual desktops are fully managed and can be customized to meet the specific needs of any manufacturer or design firm with a team of engineers that need to leverage the benefits outlined above.


In conclusion, we believe that virtual CAD desktops are the future of engineering and CAD applications. They offer a more flexible and cost-effective approach to managing hardware infrastructure while also enabling improved collaboration and scalability. As more organizations embrace remote work, virtual desktops are becoming an increasingly popular option for those in the engineering and CAD industry. Contact EpiGrid today if you would like to discuss options by visiting our Virtual CAD Desktop product page.