Hey everyone, I am looking for some advice. So I am working with some CAD software doing analyses on models of different things. The models go through a lot of design changes and are stored on a server for us to access when we want to look at them. We are not allowed to save the models to our workstation HDs. We would run out of room quite fast. One challenge I have is that as models change and detail is added over time, we are not able to save any original configuration of the model. So if we need to refer to that original configuration, we can’t. So what we will do is simply take screenshots of the models in different viewpoints and store the screenshots for later viewing.
But a screenshot does not yield that many details. I made a program to record an animation of the model, but the animation is very short, as the file gets quite large if you create too large of a movie file. So we are limited to screenshots and crappy animation recordings.
Can any of you innovators out there think of some alternative ways to store model data for later referencing? CAD models are quite large I think. Could you possibly write code to redraw the model into a more efficient format for later viewing? I could put together a 3D viewer if needed. However that goes into an area that I have no experience with.
Thanks for any input!