When it comes to designing products for aerospace industry, computer graphics have to be lot more sophisticated to handle extremely complex designs. In the past, computer graphics were mainly used in engineering process that were analytical with well-defined boundaries; and such computer graphics applications weren’t powerful enough to design and test complex, three-dimensional structures. But, with recent growth in computer graphics hardware, speed, and memory, computer simulation of complex three-dimensional structures has become a breeze.
To do 3D modelling, it is not just enough to have a sophisticated computer graphics application because the performance of computer graphics application is heavily dependent on the graphics hardware and software. A powerful, robust computer graphics application should hide all the complexities and allow aerospace designers to effectively create a design with little margin for errors as making changes in the design later can be extremely costly.
Apart from using it for designing aerospace vehicles, computer graphics applications are also used for trajectory analysis. By using computer graphics, a user can instantly alter a design plan and evaluate the performance of a model for various parameters. The most important criteria that is required to run robust computer graphics application is high-end hardware with enough memory to simulate various test conditions, without any delay in rendering or displaying the graphics. In the case of trajectory analysis, it is essential that a computer simulation application should provide enough trajectory variations to test the performance of a model under different conditions.
Computer graphics application for aerospace are mainly evaluated for its ability to design parts, assemble parts virtually in different combinations to find out the best performing model that incurs minimal cost, and that have feature to test the product in a wide range of simulated environments. Computer graphics application should also allow aerospace designers to determine how tolerant a design is when subjected to heavy usage.
The advantage of computer graphics is it allows aerospace designers to test and modify complex models within a short time frame with minimal errors, as errors found at a later stage can be extremely costly and could jeopardize a project. Therefore, having robust computer graphics application that allows aerospace designers to fully concentrate on designing without any overhead is highly essential.
As designing is an iterative process, a computer graphics simulation software should allow designers to include any number of design iterative cycles with provision to inspect, compare, and understand various designs. The most important role a computer graphics application plays in aerospace designing is it allows aerospace designers to test the right fitting of different structures, conduct spatial searches, and run interference checks with different parameters. The result is computer graphics application not only brings down the overall cost of modelling aerospace products, it also drastically reduces the time required to design and produce products.
Powerful computer graphics applications allow walk-through of various features of an assembled aircraft with virtual pilot training. As customizing a virtual environment is a lot easier than customizing a physical environment, simulation of three-dimensional model allows designers to alter everything including the layout of screen. Computer graphics applications have become more sophisticated in the recent years. Irrespective of the complexity of a model, designers can make changes on the fly and see the results immediately.