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.

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 CS6 (Subscription Available at JourneyEd.com
  • Microsoft Office (Office365 is free with @students.philau.edu email)
  • Granta Free - Campus Bookstore

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)
  • Keyshot
  • Rhino
  • Sketchup
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

Computer Specifications

PROCESSOR 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
OPERATING SYSTEM Apple OSX Sierra 10.12
DISPLAY TYPE 15.4" Retina LED-backlit display with IPS technology (2880x1800 resolution)
SYSTEM GRAPHICS NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
TOTAL MEMORY 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
CAMERA Bulit-in
HARD DRIVE 512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
OPTICAL DEVICE Not Included
BATTERY Li-Ion Battery or Equivalent
POWER CORD North American with Line Cord & 90W AC Adapter
PCI ADAPTER HDMI & IEEE 1394a Port
NETWORK ADAPTOR Integrated WiFi Wireless B/G/N and Bluetooth 4.0
EXTERNAL DRIVE 1TB External Drive for Back-Ups (Included in Bundle)
INCLUDED SOFTWARE Windows 7 and Parallels
WARRANTY 4-Year Safeware Extended

Minimum Requirements

PROCESSOR Intel Core i7-6820HQ Processor (3.6GHz, 8MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM
MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
MDISPLAY TYPE
15” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Non-Touch Display
SYSTEM GRAPHICS
NVIDIA Quadro M1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory
TOTAL MEMORY
16GB DDR4-2133MHz SODIMM RAM
CAMERA
720p HD Camera
HARD DRIVE
512GB SSD SATA3 Solid State Drive
OPTICAL DEVICE
Not Included
BATTERY
6 Cell Li-Polymer Battery 90Wh
POWER CORD
North American with Line Cord & 90W AC Adapter
PCI ADAPTER
Thunderbolt, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort
NETWORK ADAPTER
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC(2x2) 8260, Bluetooth Version 4.1 vPro
EXTERNAL DRIVE
1TB External Drive for Back-Ups (An additional cost of $99)
WARRANTY
4-Year Extended