Events in the world of CAD as of the last 2 months or so indicates that the world of CAD software is in the midst of a revolution!
Pro/E no longer exists
AutoDesk Fusion is going after the DIY market
Detroit Automakers are making news with big changes with their CAD systems.
For a long while there didn't seem to be a lot happening in the CAD world. Everyone was busy with Lifecyle Management, Product Data Management and everything other than the basic design/drafting tool. It seemed that companies and suppliers had given up on innovation in design tools.
About 5 years ago, Kubotek USA, makers of the CAD Software KeyCreator started a new paradigm. The ability to change geometry with ease - using dimensions or push-pull tools, without the need to create history, and with the ability to edit any model regardless of which system authored it. All of a sudden, CAD designers and companies had CAD freedom.
Not long after sharing the concept with some well known CAD industry analysts and veterans, another company started, Spaceclaim - waiving the new banner - no more history-based design. Obviously their investors also believe in the message and continue to pour money into the venture.
The concept started to blur some and become a bit muddled, SolidWorks claimed, "we have direct modeling" within our history-based system, but in fact this "direct editing" is no more than a technique inside a history-based system that continues to handcuff the user by the design thus reducing its usefulness as a design tool. The history-based modelers are merely 3D drafting systems - once the design has been "locked down," the drawings that they create are simply ways of communicating the design throughout the company and supply chain.
Next came a bold move by Siemens PLM. They clearly stated that history-based modeling would be replaced by their new vision ST - synchronous technology design. It has taken some time for Siemens to achieve this vision, but it is their clearly stated direction.
Last came the bomb-shell: PTC, completely obliterating their trademarked and beloved Pro/E - ProEngineer. What a terrific name for a CAD Software Package. Shouldn't a professional engineer be using a tool called ProEngineer - a brand that is clearly worth billions! But as they say, in order to fully commit to a new path ,it is best to burn the bridge behind you so that you cannot go back. So PTC announces a new way with new tools - Direct CAD Software Tools (and I believe history-based too - once again to lock down the design and communicate it) and they call them CREO. WOW! Gutsy move PTC!
So what is next - what will be the end result of all of these changes and what is Kubotek doing?
We quietly continue to invest in our world class 3D CAD software tools. We are solving tough geometry problems for our customers and helping them to get their jobs done everyday with robust, 3D Direct CAD Software and tools.
Back in January, I posted a short commentary about one of Paul Hamilton's Blog (from CoCreate - now Creo) I titled it 2010 the Year of Direct Modeling.I believe that prophesy has come true - almost all of the major CAD software vendors with the exception of one, have stated their intention to develop 3D Direct CAD.
What's in the wind for Kubotek for 2011? Keep an eye out for new developments, not just our latest version of KeyCreator : KeyCreator 2011, but exciting new developments in our technology as we keep pushing the envelope and leading the way of change in CAD software modeling, visualization and geometry management tools.
Thanks for reading,