What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup

Hey everyone,

I’m looking at changing my  AutoCAD setup and upgrading. It’s also a good chance to look at my hardware and studio setup.

I wondered what spec machine everyone was using and if maybe we could share some photos of our, or dream setup, for inspiration!

This setup below looks pretty amazing but do you think you could use this in reality? Surely the graphic card would have a melt down?

What do you think? Love to see your setup.

What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup

This is more like my desk, loving the super wide monitor though. Does anyone use them?

What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup

Asked on February 6, 2017 in AutoCAD.
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You guys are literally living in the past; check out this bad ass setup:

RE: What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup

Yes that’s exactly what you are thinking it’s, CAD Modeling using VR Kits – Welcome to the mid-21st century baby.

Buy me one of those, and I’ll take you places; my room and other ordinary places mostly.

Answered on February 6, 2017.

Hey Robert… do you think this tech is that far off? I wonder how practical it is really? If you could back project a screen then you’d have a large canvas and then you just want to think about touch.

Do you have a video of this bad boy in action or is it just a concept now?

on February 7, 2017.

I have no idea if this is relevant or not but we are starting to invent ALIENISTIC Technology, this IS the FUTURE

on February 10, 2017.

Yup, it’s already commercialized:

on February 10, 2017.
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Check out this bad boy

You no longer have to use a mouse to model any character/tree/fountain or anything else imaginable; you just sculpt away your imagination and the character comes to life; I have always wanted to have one of those, 2 hours modeling can be done in a simple 20 minutes or so.

Answered on February 6, 2017.

BOOM; Found it: http://www.geomagic.com/en/products/phantom-omni/overview

Here’s the new version of that awesome thing of awesomeness

Definitely getting one of those.

on February 6, 2017.

Yes, I have heard of this before, I guess it’s called free form modelling by Sensable technologies or something like that

I really like how it functions and models parts in seconds

on February 6, 2017.

Nice bit of kit CustomShop! Any idea how much it will cost? The website doesn’t have any pricing on it. There’s so many cool peripherals out there now! Thanks for sharing this one. Love it.

on February 7, 2017.
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Robert’s post above got me thinking…. Has anyone seen a VR CAD concept? I wonder if we’ll get VRCAD soon where we do our work in ‘infinite space’ and then can walk around our renders!

How incredible would that be. Has anyone seen this yet?

Answered on February 7, 2017.
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Nothing is better than

3Dconnexion

Best for CAD work - Spacepilot pro

SpacePilot Pro. I’m sure this thing practically designs stuff on its own. Everything is built around a huge 3D knob, next to that you’ll get 21 buttons, big LCD screen, tons of CAD specific functions and ergonomic design. You can use the LCD screen to keep track of your emails, calendar and tasks and keep your main screen clutter free. Best check out their website and demo, this thing is crazy. Even though it’s 399$; it’s worth every penny of it.

Answered on February 6, 2017.

Wow! Antoine, this  thing in insane. It isn’t even that expensive. So awesome. A proper control centre. I looks like it would be pretty comfortable too!

I wonder how comfortable it is to use the 3D Knob all day? Would you get RSI? The price looks good too. Such a great idea to have a readout on the dashboard.

on February 7, 2017.
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for me it’s all about hardware, my setup:

8 Cores Intel 4620HQ Core i7

16 Gbyte Rams

NVdia GTX 960m

 

FHD 1080 Screen @ 120 fps

Answered on February 13, 2017.
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My day to day is less about dream machines and more about what i can convince the IT department that i need. So far they dont seem to think we need a dependable system so i gotta take the baby steps i can get…

If you do take the plunge into a new system be sure to check the specs first: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-AutoCAD-2017.html

As my hand are tied on most hardware i do have a little wiggle room with peripherals. My dream is to once again have my precious… my,,, Microsoft Trackball Explorer..

RE: What is the best hardware configuration for AutoCAD? Share your setup

Answered on February 6, 2017.

Haven’t these been around for years Noob? Wouldnt you like to test drive what Antoine shared? Looks amazing.

on February 7, 2017.

Tell that to the IT department 🙂

on February 10, 2017.

Haha. Good point. Is this Capex or Opex. I think you’d need to spend a fair few hours at the bar to get your boss or the IT Manager to agree to buy one 🙂

on February 14, 2017.
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I have always wished for a very wide portable setup; like the one you posted above, what’s the make and model of such laptop?

It’s very helpful when you are working on multiple parts, multiple drawings and need interchangeable and relating dimensions to be shared between the two drawings without the hassle of using pen and paper; or you need to copy and paste features.

This is a dream setup for any Drafter/Engineer. Totally an A+.

Adding to my wish list 🙂

Answered on February 6, 2017.

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No words to describe; just this. Not portable though.

on February 6, 2017.

Any idea if the graphics card could handle two high def screens though EngineerLife? I was reading this thread https://cadanswers.com/question/how-to-solve-autocad-2017-4k-issue/ about AutoCAD 4k issues, and it can’t even run on one monitor let along two 🙂

Love the idea though! Awesome for AutoCAD and gaming!

on February 7, 2017.

I think it will be fixed soon enough in the next hotfix until then, maybe you just gotta run on a little bit lower resolution.

on February 10, 2017.
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When i started off. I used a Core 2 Duo with 1 GB RAM and Windows XP. I installed CATIA v5, SolidWorks 2010, AutoCAD 2010. They worked fine. however i had heat related issues while rendering.

Right now you can get an i3 or i5 or i7 processor. with a decent 4GB or more ram is more than sufficient. They work fine even in 2GB RAM but if you want to push a software to its limit. Like rendering with ray traces working large files. Then go for 4GB or more.

Answered on February 9, 2018.
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