Industrial Design

Computer Requirements

Industrial Design is platform-agnostic. Students are free to choose Windows or Mac computers. Students on Mac, however, must be able to run Windows programs such as Solidworks. The best way to accomplish this is by installing Bootcamp and a separately-purchased copy of Windows on a disk partition. The consensus of opinion among students is that Parallels Desktop does not offer adequate Windows performance for CAD use. Students can make an appointment with the university’s Mac computer specialist Richard Caplan to properly install Bootcamp once they have their computer and software in hand. Richard Caplan’s services should be accessed by emailing helpdesk@philau.edu or going to the Help Desk on the 2nd floor of Search Hall to schedule an appointment.

We require students to have the ability to draw directly on a professional-grade tablet. This can be a Wacom Intuos Pro accessory drawing tablet, or Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can be used for drawing, but it does NOT offer adequate graphics performance to run Solidworks.

Required Software:

  • Adobe CC (Subscription Available at JourneyEd.com)
  • Microsoft Office (now Office365 free with @students.philau.edu email)
  • Granta (Free - link to come)

The following programs are used in industrial design visualization and studio courses, although not all programs are used in all courses. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with course instructors and to be ready to run software needed for class:

  • Solidworks (graduate students can request permission to use another primary CAD program). PLEASE NOTE: IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PURCHASE SOLIDWORKS. A FREE Solidworks subscription link will be made available to each incoming student at the beginning of the semester)
  • Keyshot
  • Rhino
  • Sketchup
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

Computer specifications:

APPLE LAPTOP RETINA MACBOOK PRO:

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MINIMUM RECOMMENDED WINDOWS LAPTOP:

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