System Requirements

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LucidShape, LucidShape CAA V5 Based, and LucidDrive

Supported Operating Systems

LucidShape - Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 64-bit

LucidDrive - Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 64-bit

LucidShape CAA V5 Based for CATIA R27, R28, R29, R30, R31, and R32, R33, and R34 - Windows 10 64-bit

LucidShape CAA V5 Based for CATIA R33 and R34 - Windows 11 64-bit

Supported CPUs

Any CPU with at least four cores from the last or second-to-last processor generation.

To get maximum performance from multi-threaded simulations, we recommend four or more CPU cores. LucidShape simulations make use of multi-threading, and a high number of cores or threads will enhance ray tracing speed; however, the most beneficial feature to take into consideration is a CPU with a very high single-thread frequency (or single-thread performance).

If Intel Hyper-Threading Technology is available on your computer, enabling it will further increase multi-threaded simulation performance.

RAM required

At least 8 GB, 16 GB or more recommended

If you are planning on running any of the following scenarios, 32 GB or more recommended:

  • spectral simulations with high sensor resolutions
  • simulations using multi-view luminance camera sensors
  • simulations with many sensors in the model
  • models that contain complex geometry

Free disk space on the system drive (i.e., the drive on which the operating system is installed) for prerequisite software

5 GB

Free disk space for the LucidShape product you are installing

LucidShape: 2 GB

LucidDrive: 3 GB

LucidShape CAA V5 Based: 2.0 GB


High-resolution monitor (1280 x 1024 or better) with 16-bit colors or more

An OpenGL compliant graphics card with stable ICD driver support is recommended. We recommend that you always use the latest version of the driver for your graphics card.

An NVIDIA graphics card is required for GPUTrace and LucidDrive. For more details, contact us at

Additional Software

For the LucidShape CAA V5 Based product, you must have a licensed version of a supported version of CATIA V5, and the CATIA Mechanical Design 2 Configuration (MD2).

For the LucidShape CAA V5 Based product, the Design Module, Visualize Module, Light Guide Design Module, and SmartStart Material Library Module for the LucidShape CAA V5 Based product each requires a separate license.


To have a high frame rate during simulations, we recommend a computer with a multicore CPU, 2 GB free disk space, at least 8 GB RAM, and Any NVIDIA graphics card with the latest available graphics card driver (with a CUDA compute capability of at least 5.0). GeForce strongly recommended (there might be performance issues with Quadro cards due to driver problems). For more detailed recommendations, contact us at

SLI Technology

When using LucidDrive, you can increase the graphics performance of your computer if you double the graphics cards, which means that you are using the SLI technology by NVIDIA. There are chipsets that allow more than two cards in a computer. For more detailed recommendations, contact us at


For the GPUTrace feature, an NVIDIA graphic card is required (GeForce is recommended) with the latest available graphics card driver with CUDA compute capability of at least 5.0. We recommend using the latest NVIDIA graphics card driver available for your specific GPU card. The driver version number must be at least 455. If these requirements are not met, the software can freeze when you use GPUTrace, and you could lose any unsaved work.

You can estimate the performance by comparing the bandwidth and the number of CUDA cores available on the card.

If you are purchasing graphics cards, contact us at for the latest recommendations.