The latest generation of CAD software has evolved to address the needs of different manufacturing industries. Designers would not build a product out of steel the same way they would out lumber, but basic CAD solutions don’t incorporate material properties. Choose CAD software that’s capable of parametric design, or programmed to understand the nuances of different materials to reduce the risk of designing a product that’s unworkable in real life.
Leading CAD software goes beyond just 3D modeling to allow you to create photorealistic product renderings. You can even map textures from photographs onto your designs to show how they would look in real life.
These renderings can even respond to dynamic lighting, which can help designers make better material choices. Some programs can even place 3D products in fully realized environments for a preview of how they would look in the real world.