Chad Jackson

The Disconnect between Traditional CAD and Design

August 20, 2012

In the past three years, we’ve seen more dramatic change to the CAD industry that we’ve seen in the prior ten. Direct modeling has taken hold in many mainstream CAD applications. There has been an admission that 2D is a valid form of design and not just some laggard characteristic. There’s been a literal explosion of capabilities all related to design and engineering. All of these changes hint that there was a prior problem with how traditional CAD served users.

The Disconnect between Traditional CAD and Design

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In the past three years, we’ve seen more dramatic change to the CAD industry that we’ve seen in the prior ten. Direct modeling has taken hold in many mainstream CAD applications. There has been an admission that 2D is a valid form of design and not just some laggard characteristic. There’s been a literal explosion of capabilities all related to design and engineering. All of these changes hint that there was a prior problem with how traditional CAD served users.

In this post, we’ll explore that notion. We’ll take a look at the fundamental premise behind engineering. We’ll then match that up against the capabilities of traditional CAD software. Specifically, we’ll be looking for areas where those applications fell short.

You can read the full post over at ENGINEERING.com

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