CGPdesign, a freelance collective of engineers and designers in Bosnia, are teaching scores of Bosnian and Herzegovinian students how to use SOLIDWORKS®, CATIA®, and AutoCAD® for free. They are offering this service to students of these countries where the local average salaries are low relative to other countries in the EU, making the cost of professional applications prohibitive to most people, especially students.
AMD recently partnered with CGPdesign and provided them with two new AMD powered workstations, free of charge, each equipped with dual Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 professional graphics cards. These machines make short work of the largest CAD files, ensuring that even complex assets with multiple individual parts remain seamlessly interactive in applications like SOLIDWORKS.
Adi Pandzić, co-founder of CGPdesign, was thrilled to have AMD powered systems at his disposal. The performance and stability difference he saw between the new workstations and his old ones were stark. Prior to using the workstations provided by AMD, he had a powerful, high-end consumer system, while fast for every day workloads, it was woefully inadequate when it came to professional design work. On large models, he would have to try around 10 times before a complex file could open, and he wasn’t able to turn off that computer until it crashed because of how difficult it was to get it started! Radeon Pro solved that problem immediately. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card is certified on many of the applications Adi uses, helping to ensure stability, features and performance are all there for him and his team to do their work seamlessly without issue.
CGPdesign has also begun using AMD’s software tools like Radeon™ ProRender for SOLIDWORKS, a free, physically-based rendering engine, to render some of their complex assets like their PINKI sports bike, a model that won the Golden Gear Award for best collaborative model at GrabCAD. According to Adi, by offloading rendering work to the GPU instead of the CPU, CGPdesign saw a 30-40% improvement in rendering performance1.
Adi has many other things in store for his team and the students they teach with their new AMD systems. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the amazing things Adi’s team is doing, please check out our case study below.
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