There's little doubt that products and the processes to develop them are getting more complex. Yet many CAD applications are changing to address that fact. I recently published an eBook that looks at this reality and what capabilities are needed. Here's a quick excerpt.


Design isn’t just becoming more complex at the product level. Some of the most challenging cases of design complexity take place within the individual parts that sit at the intersection of functionally driven design and system engineering. These parts must satisfy the requirements of many systems, each of which changes as engineers explore new design alternatives. The result can be a chaotic nightmare. Computer Aided Design (CAD), of course, is supposed to help solve the problem. However, feature-based modeling approaches for such complex parts are susceptible to failures. Direct modeling approaches lack the intelligence to drive smart change. New CAD capabilities are needed to help engineers tame this design complexity.