One of the CAD software products with a long and compelling history is Dassault Systems’ CATIA product. As one of the CAD products that have been driven by large scale design programs, typically undertaken by larger organizations, CATIA is a critical tool for corporate CAD professionals. Given its heritage and importance in the market, there have been a few very important and recent announcements around this product that are worth noting. Read full article »
One of the most popular CAD tools being used today, SolidWorks has benefited from some positive activities in just the last few months. Some of this revolves around cool new capabilities and the disclosure of new product direction that will help SolidWorks users make the right choices going forward.
In this blog I’ll review some of the most interesting and beneficial happenings around this outstanding product. Read full article »
Of the many segments and different businesses in the IT industry, CAD workstations is one of the few that continues to demand and use ever increasing levels of performance and capability. Unlike standard PCs where increasing performance has become a lower customer priority, CAD workstation users are always looking to go faster and do more!
In order to get a sense from a true expert in this area, I spent a few minutes with Bill Martin-Otto, a Senior Engineer with Lenovo’s Workstation group. He mentioned two new and very interesting trends that I also think are going to be critically important going forward. Read full article »
Visualization of designs and components is the key part of the CAD experience. And the importance of the display technologies that enable this can’t be understated. However, if we look back over the last 15-20 years, there has been precious little disruptive technological change in the displays used for CAD. Sure, we have low cost 3D, and larger screens with incredible resolution. Yet, if you look at the fundamentals, very little has changed.
There are now some very interesting new technologies on the horizon that may change this dynamic and dramatically improve the CAD Experience. There are two that I believe are worth focusing on. Read full article »