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With 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) models taking on a broader and more significant role in the development of new products, CAD files must flow smoothly into

cad articals  development of new products, CAD files must flow smoothly into downstream applications. Sometimes, however, errors do occur. An off-the-shelf software tool can detect problems in the design stage so they aren’t discovered at a crucial moment in the manufacturing process, when it may be costly—or even too late—to correct them.

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ANSYS Acquires SpaceClaim 3D CAD


ANSYS, a global provider of engineering simulation software, recently acquired SpaceClaim Corporation, provider of 3D modeling software for engineers. With the addition of SpaceClaim, ANSYS hopes to provide customers with a powerful and intuitive 3D direct modeling solution to author new concepts and then leverage the power of simulation to rapidly iterate on these designs to drive innovation.

cad articals  Acquires SpaceClaim 3D CAD ANSYS , a global provider of engineering simulation software, recently acquired SpaceClaim Corporation , provider of 3D modeling software for engineers. Concord, Massachusetts-based SpaceClaim offers a 3D modeling tool that can be utilized by any engineer during the product development process. SpaceClaim and ANSYS have partnered in the past to offer customers ANSYS SpaceClaim Direct Modeler . SpaceClaim's flagship product is SpaceClaim Engineer, a fast 3D direct modeler tha Read More

Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On


The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches.

cad articals  of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More

Autodesk Fusion 360 Cloud CAD Now Available


What was hinted at in late 2012 during the Autodesk University 2012 conference just became a reality—Autodesk has delivered the first cloud-based computer aided design (CAD) software. Autodesk Fusion 360, now generally available, brings together capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial, and conceptual design tools into one easy-to-use cloud-based service (that can be

cad articals  Fusion 360 Cloud CAD Now Available What was hinted at in late 2012 during the Autodesk University 2012 conference just became a reality—Autodesk has delivered the first cloud-based computer aided design (CAD) software. Autodesk Fusion 360, now generally available, brings together capabilities typically found in separate mechanical, industrial, and conceptual design tools into one easy-to-use cloud-based service (that can be mastered in hours and days rather than weeks). The solution was created Read More

Shifts in Payment Models for CAD Deployments


Given the recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo, it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing, and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go

cad articals  in Payment Models for CAD Deployments Given the  recent desktop virtualization move for PTC Creo , it will be interesting to watch whether PTC will start offering subscriptions for some Creo apps (and Dassault Systèmes for SolidWorks ). This is especially interesting in light of the recent move of  Siemens Solid Edge to subscription licensing , and also since Autodesk is now offering its desktop and other design products on a pay-as-you-go basis . In terms of comparing 3D computer-aided design (CAD) Read More

SAP Moving into the Right Hemisphere of the CAD and PLM World




cad articals  Right Hemisphere of the CAD and PLM World My recent article Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to be Reckoned With?  concluded that while SAP PLM can be a system of record in most departments within enterprises, it has yet to win the hearts and minds of engineering departments for lack of its own  computer-aided design (CAD)  system. But the article concluded with SAP’s stated vision of providing  3D visualization  and communication capabilities for all asset- and product-related processes for the entire Read More

CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 1


In this day and age of globalization, ever-shorter new product introduction (NPI) cycles and overall product lifecycles, partner collaboration, and whatnot, product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions have lately increased their strategic significance to enterprises. In his recent Forbes blog post contribution, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann touts PLM as a new path to shareholder value. He

cad articals  their expertise in the CAD and computer-aided engineering (CAE)-related product data management (PDM) realm, these vendors have expanded into the collaborative PLM realm by acquiring one or more PLM solutions and are currently selling them under the Teamcenter, ENOVIA , and Windchill PLM brands, respectively. Autodesk and Gerber Technologies would be additional prominent CAD providers that have recently joined the PLM fray. The Pros of CAD-based PLM Solutions Indisputably, CAD-based PLM vendors have Read More

Where Does PLM Fit in the Extending LMS Formula?


There are two reasons which led me to write this blog. Firstly, I recently had briefings with vendors such as Learn.com and Xyleme that made me realize that the learning management system (LMS) industry is building up more and more connections with other technologies and enterprise applications. Secondly, a recent article (see Trends in LMS by Don McIntosh) explains how LMS is evolving with Web 2

cad articals  used. The existing 3D CAD assets have the potential to be used for learning purposes, but sophisticated CAD systems are usually expensive thus not available for a wide range of audiences. Actually, for most learning purposes, a learner only needs a very small fraction of what today’s 3D CAD systems offer. Based on 3D models, 3D learning content needs to be generated and communicated conveniently and inexpensively, and I see 3DVIA as a good candidate for this task. Certainly, this is not the only thing Read More

Catching Up with Omnify Software


In the deluge of news revolving mainly around the Big Five product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors, i.e., Siemens PLM, Dassault Systemes, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), Oracle Agile PLM, and SAP PLM, hardly any noise comes from smaller PLM providers in the lower end of the market. To be certain, many smaller PLM players, who had been catering to the mid-market, such as former

cad articals  focused on selling  electronic CAD (ECAD)  and mechanical CAD (MCAD) solutions. Its staff members recognized many gaps in their customer’s data flow, mainly in the area of passing finished product data to document control and ERP systems. After spinning off, some of Omnify’s early products were: OmniBOM (which is still part of the flagship Empower PLM product suite) and Databook Toolkit . The latter was a database product that allowed engineering groups to manage parametric data about design Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

cad articals  PLM vendors with a CAD background is that their vast suites of business applications allow users to integrate product development with program management/product portfolio management (PPM), supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution, and customer relationship management (CRM). ERP players have the ability to intersperse data about financial results, resources, products, and workflows throughout their product intelligence capabilities, thereby enabling key product strategy and execution Read More

Summarizing PTC’s Decades of Fervent In-House Innovation (and Acquisitions) - Part 1


Needham, Massachusetts (US)-based Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC, NASDAQ: PMTC) is an over USD 1 billion large software company that develops, markets, and supports product development software solutions and related services. The company’s solutions help its client companies design products, manage product information, and improve their product development processes

cad articals  integrating them with multiple CAD and related software solutions, thus fostering openness and interoperability. At the same time, the vendor continues to integrate its PLM products more tightly and make them easier to deploy, as it believes that these capabilities will create significant added value for its customers. Using PTC's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product Read More

Should SAP Buy PTC?




cad articals  order to have better CAD integration? The past few years has seen SAP grow quite well in CAD integration. Besides integrating with major CAD products, SAP has also built a tight partnership with Right Hemisphere. An April, 2007 press release from Right Hemisphere said the company had received an equity investment from SAP, and another press release in September , 2008 announced that Right Hemisphere’s 2D and 3D viewing and publishing capability had  been deployed for SAP PLM 7.0. According to SAP, Read More

Infor Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition


Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate

cad articals  Partners with CAD Service to Enhance EAM Proposition Infor has announced a worldwide partnership with CAD Service, a provider of computer-aided design (CAD)–led asset management software. CAD Service’s enterprise asset management (EAM) OpenCAD solution is  fully integrated with the Infor EAM application, not a standalone application. The tight integration will help organizations boost asset visibility without the need to run two or more separate systems. EAM OpenCAD supports both DWG (Autodesk Read More

3D Systems to Acquire Geomagic: Set to Capture Market Share of Scan-to-CAD Market


Recently, 3D Systems signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic. Geomagic develops the software that is used for scanning physical objects into 3D data. It also produces 3D metrology and inspection software that compares and verifies the measurements of an actual physical product with its design. This acquisition fits well with the portfolio and offerings of 3D Systems, which is well known

cad articals  , a direct modeling CAD vendor. Geomagic Spark is slated to be generally available for free trials on Geomagic’s web site at the end of January 2013. Though Geomagic by itself does not offer traditional CAD packages, it does offer software for scanning physical objects. Geomagic’s rich product portfolio includes its acquisition of Sensable, a company that developed haptic feedback tools (tools that give users the feel of sculpting forms). Laser scanning has gained popularity in many different Read More

IFS Continues Its Reinvention through Pruning Part Three: Market Impact and User Recommendations


By selling CAD and payroll applications, IFS may not only control potential damage but also "kill two birds with one stone" by 1) leveraging Bentley's and Personec's commitment to a true partnership and product integration to boost both parties’ license sales, while streamlining its own operations; and 2) obtaining some equity, however little, as to improve its balance sheet.

cad articals  Norway, which employ IFS' CAD applications. The agreement with Bentley is expected to have a positive impact on IFS' earnings totaling approximately 6 million SAK (approximately $800,000) in 2004 and 2005. Further, the deals with Bentley and Personec, which are also in tune with the above inclination to leverage partners discussed in Part Two , would not be the first of a sort for IFS. Namely, the vendor initially expanded into the customer relationship management (CRM) arena by acquiring former Israel-ba Read More