Microsoft has launched two new ‘Surface’ machines that are capable of running 3D CAD software, including Siemens NX and SolidWorks.
This includes the Surface Studio, a desktop ‘workstation’ with a built in 28-inch screen and a new Surface Book laptop / tablet that boasts double the 3D graphics performance of the original Surface Book.
As with all Microsoft Surface hardware both machines are designed for sketching on screen, using applications like Autodesk SketchBook and Alias. However, the pen, which features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and an eraser, is now joined with another peripheral, the Surface Dial.
The Haptic Device is not only designed for quick scrolling, zooming and navigating, but when placed directly on the display, it brings up a set of radial digital tools tailored to specific apps. Microsoft states that Siemens PLM Software has already optimised its software (NX) to take advantage.