Amazon AppStream 2.0 – 3D Design & Engineering

Work without workstations

AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed application streaming service that lets users work without workstations. They can access CAD, CAM, and CAE applications such as SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX, MathWorks MATLAB, or AVEVA Everything 3D on any computer. Each user's experience is fluid and responsive because your applications run on virtual machines (VMs) optimized for their use cases, and the NICE DCV protocol automatically adjusts each streaming session to network conditions. Your applications run on AWS next to your data, so you can accelerate engineering workloads by performing pre and post visualization work directly on AWS. 


Work without workstations

Users can access GPU-intensive applications at any time and continue to use multiple monitors and 3D mice. Your applications are streamed from AWS to any computer, including Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs. You no longer need to purchase, manage, and upgrade workstations.

Accelerate engineering workflows

Running your applications on AppStream 2.0 lets you perform pre and post visualization work directly on AWS. Applications can natively access your network storage and file shares so users can launch simulations without uploading or downloading data.

Provide a fluid and responsive user experience

Each user's applications are highly responsive because they run on VMs optimized for their use cases. The NICE DCV protocol automatically adjusts each streaming session to network conditions for a fluid user experience.

Collaborate globally

Users across the globe can view and interact with your centralized data through applications on AppStream 2.0. They no longer need to duplicate and proliferate sensitive design data by downloading it to each workstation they use. 

Centrally manage applications

Each user accesses the same version of your applications. You centrally manage your applications on AppStream 2.0 and can stop managing installations and updates on each user's computer.

Secure applications and data

Applications and data are not stored on users' computers. Your applications are streamed as encrypted pixels and access data secured within your network. AppStream 2.0 runs on AWS, so you benefit from a data center and network architecture built for the most security-sensitive organizations.

Customer references


AVEVA uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to deliver instant access to AVEVA Everything3D (E3D) in its on-demand self-training platform, AVEVA Experience anytime and anywhere. E3D is a graphics-intensive, 3D engineering design application used around the world for capital projects such as offshore oil facilities and power plants.

“We needed a way for our customers to train new users, retain their essential skills, and learn new skills with E3D. With 4,000+ customers across the globe, we had to standardize our training experience, and ensure it could be securely delivered to any engineer. We knew the cloud was the best way to deliver this, and with AppStream 2.0 we can configure a single instance of E3D and deliver it to any number of engineers training with AVEVA Experience anywhere in the world. Because AppStream 2.0 runs inside their browser, customers don't need to worry about configuring and securing their computers or network. They can immediately start learning E3D with a responsive, fluid experience that is indistinguishable from a native installation on a workstation.”

Patrick Pando, VP Cloud Sales, AVEVA


DiSTI uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to deliver virtual maintenance training solutions powered by the VE Studio platform to Global 500 companies and national defense organizations around the world. Catering to aerospace, defense, automotive, industrial, and medical industry cases, the use of AppStream 2.0 has been transformational to clients’ while opening their eyes on how to deliver immersive virtual training to remote markets efficiently and economically. One client calculated over a 66% decrease in training delivery cost from a single course; reducing a traditional 3-day instructor-led technical certification course to 9 hours, while also improving student engagement and efficacy.

"AppStream 2.0 gives our customers an alternative to locally installed applications and training solutions. We needed a solution that delivered a user experience indistinguishable from a powerful desktop or laptop. We had two requirements – to use our existing applications and solutions without rewriting them and to have the ability to centrally manage the experience for a wide variety of global partners and customers. AppStream 2.0 gives our customers the power to remotely run graphically intense virtual training solutions, while efficiently managing content delivery.
Additionally, our sales and engineering teams can now leverage AppStream 2.0 to demonstrate our products and services to prospective buyers – all through an internet browser. With AppStream 2.0, we can show customers how they can reach their students in markets where traditional presentations or classroom delivery is either costly to setup or travel costs are prohibitive. On-site demonstrations used to take days, now we are able to deliver them remotely from our offices, without travel, in a matter of hours. What's not to like?”

– Joe Swinski, President, DiSTI Corporation


MathWorks uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 for hands-on MATLAB Deep Learning workshops with customers. MATLAB is a programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation.

“AppStream 2.0 enables us to instantly deliver MATLAB to our workshop participants. Before using AppStream 2.0, customers had to manage unique software installations on different computers for every workshop. It could take up to 3 days to get everything ready.
Now customers don't have to install or configure anything for a workshop. They simply open a browser on their computer and instantly get started. With AppStream 2.0, we can scale on-demand for any number of customers. AppStream 2.0 reduced the time it took to deploy our workshops by 75%.”

– Roy Lurie, VP of Engineering, MATLAB Products, MathWorks


Siemens uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to provide virtual test drives, demo environments, and deliver training of its CAD software application, NX software. Siemens' NX is a powerful CAD software application that helps design and manufacturing customers deliver better products faster and more efficiently.

“AppStream 2.0 enables us to instantly deliver Siemens’ NX for virtual test drives, software testing, and training. Previously, many hours were being spent on software installation and system setup for these activities. AppStream 2.0 solved this problem. With AppStream 2.0, we can deploy the latest version of NX and provide customers instant access to the application through their browser with no downloads, installs, or configuration required. And, the performance for our customers is indistinguishable from a powerful mobile workstation. We can now scale on-demand to any number of users we want to support. This makes it easier to help our customers get the benefits of the latest version of NX with reduced IT overhead.”

– George L. Rendell, Senior Director, NX Design, Siemens PLM Software


Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation develops 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software. DS SolidWorks uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to deliver trials of their flagship software - SOLIDWORKS 2018 CAD Premium, through

"Appstream 2.0 helps our prospects start their SOLIDWORKS trials in seconds through their browser with no downloads or installation on their local computer. Because AppStream 2.0 provides GPU optimized instances, our users have an experience indistinguishable from their local graphics workstation. This reduces the time it takes for users to complete trials of the latest version of SOLIDWORKS, in some cases from weeks to hours."

– Suchit Jain, VP Strategy & Business Development, SOLIDWORKS

Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to deliver Accumark, a 2D and 3D CAD software suite, designed specifically for the fashion and apparel industry. Today, the company provides integrated software and hardware solutions to more than 78,000 customers in the aerospace, construction, furniture, fashion & apparel, transportation, technical textiles, packaging, wind energy and sign & graphics industries, including over 100 Fortune 500 companies in 130 countries.

“Many of our customers were looking for an easier way to adopt our technology, and offering a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for our products was the logical way to address that need. With AppStream 2.0, we have been able to efficiently deliver a cloud-based SaaS solution to customers without rewriting millions of lines of code, while maintaining one version of our application. AppStream 2.0 allows us to rapidly deliver our solution to a global customer base and keep enterprises up to date with the latest software at all times. Using AppStream 2.0 also provides dramatic savings in capital expenses for our customers, who no longer need to manage workstations to run our software, or go through costly software updates. Additionally, we have seen a 95% reduction in time to deliver and implement our solution in a workplace over traditional legacy methods such as physical software distribution channels.”

– Karsten Newbury, SVP and GM, Software Solutions Group

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