Using CAD Software in bwLehrpool

At many (technical) universities, the subject area of ​​computer-aided design (CAD) is of great interest. With the help of highly specialized software such as Creo Parametric, AutoCAD, SolidWorks or similar, complex 3D models can be created, and their real world physical properties can be adequately simulated.

The necessary calculations are usually very computationally intensive and, in addition to a modern processor, require suitable 3D support by the graphics card. bwLehrpool enables 3D acceleration within virtual machines and thus enables a comparable performance for many applications to locally installed systems. In contrast to local installations, the necessary CAD software is not only available to the students in specialized CAD pools, but also throughout the entire campus. As a result, other pool rooms can be used for class or personal projects if the faculties' pools are occupied by other classes.

For more complex work, such as done by master's students, it may be necessary to use the workstations in the CAD pools which are equipped with special graphics hardware. For optimal hardware utilization, it's possible to run bwLehrpool alongside the local operating system.

In the following (German language) video Prof. Dr. Christian Wetzel, lecturer at the Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, shows some of the advantages of bwLehrpool and demonstrates the problem-free use of the CAD software Creo Parametrics. Particularly popular among the students is the opportunity to not only be limited to specialized CAD pool rooms, but to also be able to use the same software in every other pool room at the university.

The work shown was done on a Lenovo Tiny M93p (i5-4570T (2.9 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4600, 16GB RAM and 250GB SSD).