CAD IndustryArticles

Mobile Makes CAD Industry Submit to Joy's Law in 2011 - most CAD vendors released at least one mobile app in 2011, some are free, some apps released under innovative pressure of mobile, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 19, 2011

CAD/PLM at the Russian Market (isicad Overview, May-October 2011) - Dassault, Siemens PLM extend Russian offices, Autodesk CIS Forum event gets good response, Bentley becomes more visible at Russian market, David Levin, isicad, Nov 9, 2011

'Crowd Sourcing' Design? - drawbacks of crowd sourcing, not suitable for engineering, manufacturing professions, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Oct 25, 2011

Report on the Status of Open Design Alliance - 2 types of ODA membership available, operating systems to be supported at iOS, Android by end of year, support for .Net, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 5, 2011

CAD for the Unemployed -  Autodesk Assistance Program offers free products, free version of Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express is available, student version of many softwares are also available, Evan Yares, Oct 4, 2011

Converting Domain Experts to CAD Users - CAD knowledge given to domain expert can bear fruit, Evan Yares, Sep 30, 2011

New Software Could Help Engineers Create Greener Products - SolidWorks, PTC, Autodesk offer software to create faster, cheaper, greener products, Sarah Laskow, GOOD, Sep 29, 2011

News or Hype? Company Ditches XYZ CAD, Switches to ABC CAD - market leaders don't publicize conversions, Roopinder Tara worries about fairness in reporting, CAD Insider, Sep 29, 2011

Design Tools Get the Human Touch - vendors are giving priority to developing human-centric design, clean UI, developing web apps for iPad, iPhones, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Sep 16, 2011

How the Peter Principle Has Spoiled CAD - high-end vs mid-range CAD, emergence of PLM peripherals, growth obsession among CAD vendors, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Sep 19, 2011

CAD Olympics - case for an impartial competition, judging of CAD software, pitfalls, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Sep 12, 2011

Deriving Form From Function - CAD programs still unable to develop geometry when based on requested functionality, Evan Yares, Sep 12, 2011

CAD Market - Life's Not Fair - leaders will stay leaders unless contenders are able to use social media, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Sep 7, 2011

Episode 346 - CAD Mobility - importance of mobile access, mobile apps vs web apps, remote desktop access with clients vs client-less, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:HEARD, Aug 28, 2011

3D and Communication Strategy - 3D communication between engineering, manufacturing can be improved by making 3D data available to all, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Aug 24, 2011

Advancing Computer-Aided Design - Al Bunshaft of Dassault on CAD being obsolete, augmented reality vs virtual reality, Boston operations, DC Denison,, Aug 14, 2011

The Rebirth of Design - advancements in hardware, software are removing limitations of using design tools, DEVELOP 3D, July 29, 2011

Where is the Anti-Trust in CAD? - pricing, exclusive dealership contracts imposed by CAD software vendors can be issues, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 28, 2011

PLM, Engineering Software and Business Trends in 2011 - mobile apps in PLM industry, growing use of 3D, social media, cloud, virtualization, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, June 24, 2011

Cloud Computing Commentary: Blue Skies - cloud-based apps are available 24/7, have higher rate of uptime, offer most updated versions of software, Drew Gude, Microsoft, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2011

Three Years of 3D Perspectives - 3D goes more mainstream since 2008, virtual reality is becoming trustworthy, PLM reaches new levels, Kate Bourdet, 3D Perspectives, May 30, 2011

Update on the Russian CAD/PLM Market - Autodesk, ASCON most popular CAD vendors in Russia, LEDAS reconfigures company structure, David Levin, upFront.eZine, May 16, 2011

What is the Strength of LEDAS? - young employees at LEDAS getting higher technical education, David Levin, Not Just Russian CAD/PLM, May 19, 2011

Reviewing Cloud Services - comparing Microsoft Mesh, DropBox, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 16, 2011

Design for Longevity - sustainability is main criteria for selecting material before starting product design, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP3D, May 12, 2011

3D Systems Acquires Print3D - advice on selling a business, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 26, 2011

Realizing the Benefits of Vulnerability Management in the Cloud - cloud-based vulnerability management solution is better than that of premise based, Gordon Mackay, AEC Newsroom, Apr 18, 2011

CAD and PLM Vendor Website Traffic - in spite of being different in size, Dassault, Aras compatible in web traffic, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Apr 6, 2011

Hero of the Month: David Butz - president of Theta Design has 40+ years of product, machine design experience, Dan Marotta, Planet PTC Community, Mar 31, 2011

Software Bundles - Stack'em High and Sell'em Low - pros, cons of product suites offerings by CAD vendors, Martyn Day, Develop 3D, Mar 28, 2011 

Five Questions for Jeff Ray - need to understand market, Dassault growth, DraftSight distribution, marketing, Kate Bourdet, 3D Perspectives, Mar 22, 2011 

The Changing Face of Model Annotation - semantic models of international geometric and tolerancing (GD&T) standards will give 3D modeling new directions, Bryan Fischer, Machine Design, Mar 15, 2011

What is the Killer App for the Modern Engineer? - vendors like PTC, Siemens PLM, SpaceClaim, Dassault Systemes, Vuuch are developing CAD, collaboration techniques for engineers, Chad Jackson,, Jan 4, 2011

Intergraph PP&M Thrives - Hexagon wants to leverage Intergraph by selling its sensor hardware, greater detail demanded on operations, process, power, marine, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation, Mar 1, 2011

Will PLM Channels Survive Cloud Era?   - distribution channels will undergo fundamental changes as businesses switch to cloud, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, Mar 1, 2011

Modeling with Your Hands, Your Shoulders Will Be Huge   - Temple University projects uses XBOX kinect to interact with geometry, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 22, 2011 

Storing CAD Databases In Cloud - CATIA V6 stores all project data in database, no longer uses a native file format for their MCAD system storage, Deelip Menezes, Enterprise Applications on MS SQL Server, Feb 9, 2011

Forecast: A 100% Chance of Cloud Collaboration - young engineer/entrepreneur calls his iPhone his office, new ways to work, running cloud applications getting easier, Steve Robbins, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2011

Story Ideas Wanted on Cloud Computing - survey shows over one third of respondents are 'anti-cloud,' 10% admit to not knowing what it is, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 3, 2011

Is Good Design Good For Business? - industrial design, simulation, more, as tools of commercial success, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 31, 2011

PLM Cloud: Dedicated, Private, Public - bridge between IT, cloud is network, difference between dedicated, public, private cloud, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Feb 1, 2011

CADopia is Back (No Thanks to ITC) - members leaving ITC, ZWCAD, SolidWorks, Bricsys, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 20, 2011

ProgeCAD Releases AutoCAD Mac Clone Based On ARES - iCADMac has full ACIS solid modeling, can be extended with plug-ins, Deelip Menezes,, Jan 22, 2011

Dave Ault Asks 40 Tough Questions About Cloud, We've Got All 40 of Them - minimum throughput, user choice for upgrading, security, CAD use for multicore, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 20, 2011

Virtualized Clouds, Construction - virtualization byproduct cloud computing, proprietary information offered by private clouds, work stations anchoring office-based technology, 3D Construction Modeling, Jan 8, 2011

2011 is Year of Transition for CAD Industry - PLM included in CAD definition, 3D CAD movement, problem of piracy, Kathleen Maher, GraphicSpeak, Jan 13, 2011

Industry Update: CAD, Virtual Prototyping Software - Synchronous Technology opens new chapter, implementing CAD tools, CAD users changed, 2011 trends, Tech Briefs, Jan 1, 2011

Using 3D to Mitigate Risk, Pt 7: Opportunities for Technology to Help in 2011 - large database, indoor mobile capture, consumer applications, 3D crowd sourced beginning, Tom Greaves, SPAR Point Group, Jan 11, 2011

Intersection of Engineering IT, Cloud - processing, storage, data transfer features, applications for IT, Chad Jackson, Engineering Matters, Jan 10, 2010

No End to Seasons Sale - CATIA, ANSYS for $2.20 - software pirates flourish in Pune, India, selling openly on roadside stall, includes guarantees, Sachin Nalawade, CAD XPERTS, Jan 10, 2011


Products vs. Platforms - Mass Customization at Tipping Point? -  successes at TechShop, Kicstarter raises money, Joseph Flaherty, Replicator, Dec 22, 2010

Should We Be Teaching Document Control or Collaboration? - Paul Wilkinson, Extranet Revolution, Dec 20, 2010

It Has to Be YOUR Data Stored on the Amazon Cloud - CAD vendors take to the cloud to store your data but you are not supposed to worry, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 5, 2010

Free CAD File Conversion in the Cloud - companies offering conversion service, selling translation software, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, July 9, 2010

Of CAD, Clouds, and iPads - author doubts practicality of using iPad, cloud technology for CAD, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, July 5, 2010

CAD Vendors Are Vowing to Stir Up the Industry; If Only - Dassault announcement of free 2D CAD program not the revolution that was promised, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 24, 2010  

Online CAD and the Fear for the Sales Channel - mixing channel/direct sales, indirect sales models, selling online, cloud technology, Martyn Day, Develop3D, June 23, 2010

Bricsys 2010 Conference - Keynote - future of CAD, Deelip Menezes, Jun 9, 2010

What is the Future of CAD and PLM Standards? - effect on users/industries/vendors, expensive, different business models, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, Jun 3, 2010

Good Products Gone Bad - Web 2.0 methods, process advantages to product development/PLM, Project X, failure mode, effects analysis, Tom Shoemaker, Social Product Development, Jun 2, 2010

Jay Vleeschhouwer on Active CAD Seats, Autodesk Sub Numbers - CAD users, maintenance revenues, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 28, 2010

Autodesk Shows Dassault How to Treat Customers - Autodesk's distribution of bug fixes to its customers, Blog Nauseum, Apr 30, 2010

PTC We're Ready to be on the Cloud - putting apps on cloud, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 30, 2010

The Fight Over DWG Ends - ODA relinquishes use of DWG marks end of opposition to Autodesk, Deelip Menezes, Apr 24, 2010

Interview with Arnold van er Weide - Pt 2 - CEO of Open Design Alliance on branding, origin of Teigha, Deelip Menezes, Apr 23, 2010 (see also Pt 1, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Pt 6)

The Dassault Systemes Cloud Strategy - Pt 1 - SolidWorks/Dassault presents cloud technology as imminent, customers confused, rivals anticipating fallout, Deelip Menezes, Apr 25, 2010 (see also Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4)

Interview with Arnold van de Weide - Pt 1 - president of Open Design Alliance discusses leaving ITC, lack of formal QA, reverse engineering DWG, DGN with Russian developers, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 23, 2010

Windows XP Still Rules - Windows XP still dominant according to Autodesk data, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 12, 2010

CAD in the Cloud II - Collaboration, SaaS & 2D/3D Mashups - SaaS about web browser, collaboration, integration, plus ROI of SaaS for CAD, Christopher Boothroyd, afterCAD Blog, Mar 28, 2010

Community: It's All About the Members exclusive - facilitating in community, connections vs hub-and-spoke, know needs of members, Jim Meyer, Autodesk University 2009

Leading Online and Face-to-Face Communities exclusive - share content best practices with other leaders, learn about content, speakers/videos, importance of strong leadership, Jill Keefer, Autodesk University 2009

The Clouds are Gathering - SolidWorks World showcased cloud-based design system; Microsoft presents on Bing mapping, augmented reality research, Martyn Day, Develop 3D, Mar 16, 2010

Software Industry Loses Patience with China - Beijing's policies irritate Business Software Alliance, Bruce Einhorn, Business Week, Mar 10, 2010

A Cloudy Conversation with Mike Payne - founder of SpaceClaim Corporation talks about CAD on cloud, following subscription model, plug-ins, Deelip Menezes,, Mar 10, 2010

Mark Parent on the Cloud - COO of Kubotek USA considers cloud just new pricing model to trap customers, Deelip Menezes,, Mar 10, 2010

Paul Grayson on the Cloud - CEO of Alibre talks about online functionality of Alibre Design, phasing it out, cloud computing for SolidWorks, Deelip Menezes,, Mar 10, 2010

It Works for Me Just Fine - many users content with older versions, upgrade revenue a concern, cloud may be answer, Deelip Menezes,, Mar 8, 2010

CAD in the Cloud: The First Wave - PC-over-IP - discussing software, hardware solutions, integration with SaaS, Christopher Boothroyd, afterCAD Blog, Mar 2, 2010

The Growing Need for Multiple CAD Access in ERP - CAD-independent technology Oceans SDK facilitates easy integration of 3D CAD data assets into ERP applications, Vinay Wagle of CCE, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2010

Open Source Software and the Cloud - using open source software on cloud can be cheaper option, Deelip Menezes,, Mar 3, 2010

A Closer Look at Graebert's ARES (Standard Version) video or audio - 2D drafting product based on ODA's DWG-compatible technology supports 400 AutoCAD commands, available for Windows, Mac, Linux versions, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Mar 1, 2010

CAD/PLM on the Cloud and Vendor Lock in - cloud CAD can simplify selling process but interoperability issues can arise, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank Blog, Feb 24, 2010

PLM, Cloud, SaaS and Software Upgrades - analyzing technology of SaaS/cloud, Cloud/SaaS as business model, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank Blog, Feb 25, 2010

Community Matters - CAD vendors using social network channels to reach its customers, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 25, 2010

A Closer Look at Graebert's ARES  video or audio - Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 25, 2010

Technical Graphics and the ODA - ODA to expand beyond cloning Autodesk technologies, Deelip Menezes,, Feb 24, 2010

Analyze This - cloud computing seems to make analysis, simulation software affordable, Deelip Menezes,, Feb 23, 2010

The Cloud After the CAD - Live Web Platform technology from AfterCAD allows multiple users to interact with scene in real time, Deelip Menezes,, Feb 22, 2010

Clearing Up Cloud Computing - Before It's Too Late - discussing issues related to browser-based CAD: latency, security, reliability, interoperability, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Feb 17, 2010

You-Bought-It-You-Own-It vs the Cloud - reader shares his practical experiences of using CAD software on cloud, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Feb 12, 2010

Graebert's ARES Takes on AutoCAD; IMSI/Design's DoubleCAD XT Graduates to V2 video or audio - Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 10, 2010

Cloud and Multitouch CAD/PLM = Engineer's Nightmare? - maintaining real-time user-machine interfaces through cloud is important, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Feb 5, 2010

Interview with John McEleney, CEO of CloudSwitch - ex-CEO of SolidWorks explains cloud technology, life after SolidWorks, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Feb 10, 2010

Cloud Computing': What Exactly Is It, Anyway? - every is talking about it, here are the basics, business examples, Wall Street Journal, Feb 8, 2010

ARES Takes Aim at AutoCAD; DoubleCAD XT Evolves into V2 - less-expensive alternative to AutoCAD, DWG reading-writing product based on ODA's technology supports most commonly used AutoCAD commands, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Feb 8, 2010

ThomasNet CAD Online Offers ROI for Everyone - WebCAD solution helps engineers search industrial products, services online to view, buy desired models, Peter Mooney, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2010

The Cost of CAD on the Cloud - change-resistant users will adopt CAD on cloud if it will offer significant cost savings, Deelip Menezes,, Feb 8, 2010

The Joy of Specialized Design Tools: BikeCAD Pro - impressive parametric CAD program designed for custom bicycle frames, runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, handles human-mechanical interaction well, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 29, 2010

The Future with Augmented Reality - live view of real world merged with contextual computer-generated information can find applications in CAD industry, Martyn Day, Experience Building, Jan 27, 2010

Interview with COADE Employee Over Intergraph's Purchase - Q&A about merger, CAESAR integration, strength, opportunities generated by merger, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 25, 2010

Episode 257 - CES, CAD Style video or audio - introduction of touch enabled devices, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:Heard!, Jan 17, 2010

EULA Showdown - Autodesk strikes back at critic R Paul Waddington for sustained criticism of end user license agreement (EULA), Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 18, 2010

10 of the Best Tech-for-CAD Goodies of CES 2010 (and More Highlights) - light-touch interactive projector, MSI Wind Top AE2420 screen, LG N+ monitor technology, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 12, 2010

Saving the Planet Starts with Your Design in Mind - using technology tools for evaluating materials, determine manufacturing location, shipping requirements, assessing manufacturing processes, Jeff Ray of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp., Desktop Engineering, Jan 3, 2010

10 New Technology Predictions for the Future of 3D and Design - SolidWorks might release CATIA translator/converter, 3D design applications on Windows, Mac, Linux, mobile, more usage of thumb-drive, web upgrades, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 6, 2010

Apple Applies to Patent Multi-Touch Viewing and Moving of 3D Objects - Apple's solution includes manipulations like changing 3D perspective viewpoints, panning in various directions, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 5, 2010


Engineering with Social Media - manufacturers want their ERP systems to be integrated with Enterprise 2.0 like social networking tools, Jeff Rowe,, Dec 21, 2009

The Complacency of Subscription Income - subscriptions bring revenues for vendors, could be dangerous for future of CAD, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 23, 2009

Hi-Fidelity CAD - digital tools cannot overcome every limitation, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Nov 26, 2009

Let's Move Beyond Modeling - true CAD innovation sounds rare today, Joel Orr of Cyon Research Corp.,, Dec 11, 2009

Are CAD Vendors Thinking 'HTML 5' Yet? - HTML 5 spec supports 2D drawing (inline SVG), document editing, offline storage, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 9, 2009

Your Personal Technical Bookshelf in a Browser - online technical information portal 'Knovel' offers social networking features also, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Nov 25, 2009

Updated CAD News from Russia - Bentley Systems sold 120 licenses to Russian design companies, NanoCAD Mechanics available for 25K rubles, SpaceClaim to distribute its products in Russia, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 18, 2009

Adobe Pulls a Visio - Adobe withdrawal from 3D is latest example of companies' lack of success in CAD market, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 16, 2009

Price Slashes in CAD: the Sign of the Times - software vendors like Alibre, Autodesk, Kubotek offer big discounts, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Oct 22, 2009

Is the Design Engineer Extinct? - skilled design engineer is responsible for fundamental product development but paid less than CAD engineer, Matthew Loew of Daxcon Engineering Inc.,, Oct 19, 2009

A Tale of Two Aberdeen Reports - companies need to expand conceptual stage of their development process, Jeff Waters,, Oct 15, 2009

In Search of Elegance #1: An Introduction - software gets more complex with each release, users adopt only simple features, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Oct 14, 2009

Growing Up the Clones - AutoCAD clones need major facelift, Deelip Menezes,, Oct 8, 2009

What Should Be the Price of CAD Software? - software price is determined based on economics, psychology, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 1, 2009

The Value of Partners - Bricsys runs partner program like Autodesk to make software more useful for customers, Deelip Menezes,, Sep 23, 2009

The Quest for the Holy Grail of Hand-Held CAD - NaviCAD searches, browses, downloads, inspects 3D content available in Google 3D Warehouse on Apple iPhone for $0.99 only, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Sep 16, 2009

The Cost of CAD Software Today - not many CAD bargains right now but some vendors flexible on lapsed maintenance contracts, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Aug 31, 2009

How to Trade in CAD Software - ASCON is offering KOMPAS 3D at 50% discount in exchange of your old CAD software, Deelip Menezes,, Sep 1, 2009

Alibre CEO Grayson: 'Destructive Creation' Defines the Opportunities Ahead - contraction reflects fundamental restructuring of American economy, Paul Grayson of Alibre, CADCAMNet, Aug 27, 2009 pdf

Is Computer Design a Substitute for Hands On Experience? - designers, engineers should put themselves in users shoes before using CAD to build products, Jamie Hyneman, Popular Mechanics, Aug 2009

Pictures in the Cloud - Autodesk's Project Showroom, Dragonfly delivered as software as service (SaaS) offer high-quality rendering, visualization through cloud computing, Kenneth Wong, Computer Graphics World, Jul 2009

A Game-Changing Formula for Global Success - social product development model helps companies in risk mitigation, knowledge management, increasing productivity, operational efficiency, Robin Saitz of PTC, Desktop Engineering, Jul 27, 2009

Desktop Data Acquisition Scales New Heights - integrating appropriate card with easy-to-use software to build inexpensive data acquisition system is easy, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Jul 27, 2009

Accelerate 3D Application Development - rapid application development framework with core 3D functions, capabilities helps focus on application-specific functionality, Anthony Lockwood, Desktop Engineering, Aug 5, 2009

Digital-Modeling Veterans Want Data for Life Cycles - common reference data standard ISO 15926 being followed, software vendors working on plant design, Tom Sawyer,, Aug 5, 2009

Interview with Kenneth Wong, CAD Journalist and Blogger - CAD market, scope of magazines, delayed  use of 3D in browsers, CAD bloggers, journalists, Franco Folini, Novedge, Jul 22, 2009

Bricscad v9.3.9-1 Feels Like v10 - latest release adds in-house geometry engine, fixes 170 bugs, provides access to settings more than AutoCAD does, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jul 31, 2009

Social Networking and Product Development - applicability of Web 2.0 tools to social product development can bring substantial benefits to companies, Tom Shoemaker, Cadalyst, Jul 23, 2009

Real Web Design - 'OnLive' technology may provide cloud-based solutions for CAD over Internet, Martyn Day, Experience Building, Jul 14, 2009

ODA Cracks DWG 2010 - Autodesk changes DWG format every 3 years to avoid troubling customers,, Jul 15, 2009

A Quick Look Out on the CAD/CAM Web - list of sources,, Jul 13, 2009

Flying in the Face of Adversity - acceptance of cloud computing & SaaS-based design technologies is increasing during economic slowdown, Mark Fletcher, MCAD Online, Jul 14, 2009

Open Design Alliance Caught in the Autodesk-SolidWorks Legal Tangle - ODA is summoned to produce its communications with SolidWorks regarding DWG, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jul 13, 2009

5 CAD/PLM Conspiracy Theories to Ponder and FEAR - is Dassault 'dumbing down' SolidWorks to distinguish it from CATIA?, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jul 8, 2009

Is China's Green Dam Another Great Wall? - mandatory content filtering 'Green Dam' may limit workstation options for CAD users, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jul 3, 2009

The Essential Reader: OpenCAD - cheap book by Deelip Menezes is good for beginners to help them write their own CAD program step by step, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jul 5, 2009

4 Ways to Share Content Stinkin Quick, The Best and How They'll Totally Advance CAD/PLM - overview of FriendFeed, Posterous, Tumblr, WordPress, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jun 29, 2009

Should You Give Your Processes Some SaaS? - software as a service can do most of accounting, backup, applications work, helping you concentrate on core processes, Tony Lockwood's Burning Questions, Jun 22, 2009

ODA and LEDAS Get Constrained - LEDAS will implement its constraint technology in DWGdirect,, Jun 15, 2009

Episode 217 - NovEdge - podcast, NovEdge CEO Cristiano Sacchi talks about website, blogging, COFES, Lou Gallo, SolidWorks:Heard!, Jun 14, 2009

GRX - Another ObjectARX Source Compatible SDK - list of ObjectARX source compatible SDK's,, Jun 11, 2009

Boston Area Companies Expand Beyond CAD Alone - good talent pool for developing CAD, product data management makes companies earn profit, Galen Moore, Mass High Tech, Jun 5, 2009

Jump In. 5 Ways New Tech Has Completely Changed 3D CAD Design and PLM Forever - future applications will have hands-free control, unlimited multi-touch, real-time collaboration, experiential reality, touch-enabled software, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jun 3, 2009

Social Engineering: A New Era in Product Development - sources like Facebook, Vuuch,, AutoCAD Exchange portal help collaborating with users, share innovative ideas, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, May 21, 2009

The Bricsys Automated Testing System - Luc de Batseiler of Bricsys explains whole building, testing process,, May 6, 2009

The Story of Bricsys - moving through ups and downs in past, Bricsys is evolving continuously,, May 5, 2009

Giving the Customers What They Don't Know They Want - don't rely just on customers' statements of need, visit to SolidWorks customer, Jeff Ray, SolidWorks Blog, May 5, 2009

Can Internet Change CAD? - CAD data management transparency, open CAD representation format will be affected, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, May 4, 2009

Is Your Business Smart Enough? - CAD industry experts interviewed about CAD software knowledge, CAD as core business product, average performance of company using CAD, Eat Your CAD, May 1, 2009 (requires free registration)

CAD on Mac: Yea or Nay? - Autodesk, SolidWorks ask users, Mac compatible version of NX might be delayed, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Apr 30, 2009

ODA World Conference - Tech Soft 3D and Redway3d - demo of high-performance graphics engine HOOPS, Redsdk 2D/3D graphics engine, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 30, 2009

ODA World Conference - ADTdirect and Facet Modeler - demo of architectural engineering package plus lightweight 3D modeler by ODA, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 30, 2009

Current and Future Trends in Product Engineering, Application Development, Technology Consulting - KPIT Cummins - PLM, MES helping organizations in global economic slow down, market size for PLM, CAD, CAM software globally, in India, Prabhakar Bendre, CAD CAM News, Apr 28, 2009

Open Design Alliance Conference - Day 2.5 - demo of TurboCAD constraint technology, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 28, 2009

ODA World Conference - Constraints - Siemens' presentation on 2D dimensional constraint manager, LEDAS ready to sell their DRX modules, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 29, 2009

ODA World Conference - DWG 2010 - ODA able to read DWG 2010 files, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 28, 2009

ODA World Conference - Day 1 - Opening Remarks - dos, don'ts of ODA, talk about re-signing ODA membership agreements, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 28, 2009

ODA World Conference - Day 1 - Development Status - Neil Peterson of ODA talks past work, current development of ODA platform, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 28, 2009

Open Design Alliance Conference - Day 1.5 - aspects of DirectDWG, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 27, 2009

Open Design Alliance Conference - Day 2 - Techsoft 3D demo, ADTdirect, ODA facet modeler, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 28, 2009

Open Design Alliance Conference - Day 1 - ODA president renames 'libraries' as 'the platform', PDF to be supported, Q&A on ODA future, developing technical platform, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 27, 2009

Pushing the Envelope of 3D - Sim Ops, BumpTop, Cooliris offer software to view content in 3D, Olga Kharif, Business Week, Apr 20, 2009

Freakin' Ribbon Bar - interface changes rile users, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Apr 20, 2009 exclusive

A Conversation with Evan Yares - class action suit against ODA considered, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 18, 2009

ODA vs Evan Yares - clause forcing members to abide by whatever ODA decides contested by its own author, Deelip Menezes,, Apr 15, 2009

Open Design Alliance: What a Mess - ODA changing terms of associate membership rankles author, ongoing dispute, threats of lawsuits, Evan Yares, Evan on Engineering Software, Apr 13, 2009

3D Searching Madness - 5 Ways to Search in 3D - Oh, Except for CAD and Design Stuff - shape search abounds for graphics but only a few CAD search based tools, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Apr 13, 2009 Comments on CAD Software for the Unemployed - software vendors worried unemployed may head to free CAD software, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 9, 2009

Win, Win, Draw - drawbacks of AutoCAD LT favor Bricscad Pro that is half price of LT, has most of APIs of AutoCAD, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 6, 2009

Time to Make the CAD Software - key areas are software development, quality assurance, education and training, product planning, Mark Burhop, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Apr 5, 2009

BRX - Under the Hood - more functions are being added to BRX SDK regularly, maintaining quality,, Mar 31, 2009

BRX Explained - Bricsys offers ARX source-compatible BRX SDK for AutoCAD users,, Mar 30, 2009

Obama's 'Buy American' Policy May Limit US Wide Format Scanner Choice - strict law leaves option of using expensive and specific Xerox large format scanners only, Scanners 4 CAD, March 2009

Research Rap: Designing Your Company Out of a Bad Economy -  strategies to adopt, using digital prototyping software, message for manufacturing companies, Jim Brown, Manufacturing Business Technology, Mar 11, 2009

Exceeding 5-year Lows - overview on share prices of publicly-owned CAD companies, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Mar 10, 2009

What I Learned: Multitouch Goes 3D - 3D information becomes common form of  business data, implication for manufacturing, Jim Brown, Manufacturing Business Technology, Mar 9, 2009

How's This for an Adaptive 3D Modeling and Rendering Environment? Much Better - film maker Bruce Branit video showing future of  3D modeling, rendering, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 5, 2009

The Fruit Bowl Future of Design and Engineering in 2019 - videos, future vision montage, manufacturing techniques, applying technologies to process of design, engineering, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 4, 2009

Finding New Paths to Move from 2D to 3D - emerging 3D tools offer attractive approach to solid modeling, Blake Courter, co-founder SpaceClaim, Desktop Engineering, Mar 2, 2009

Why Technology Projects Fail - address probable obstacles, match project to company goals, change management, need of strategic vision, Mark Hechel, Cadalyst, Feb 26, 2009

Neil Peterson - interview with CTO of Open Design Alliance, ODA World conference, overview on changes in DWG format in AutoCAD 2010, companies plans, more, Deelip Menezes,, Feb 20, 2009

The Maturity Curve of Product Development - factors that keeps companies above or below the curve, CAD tool as biggest creator in Product Development, more, Paul Hamilton Blog, Feb 16, 2009

Wisdom from the Trenches (User Profile) - three software upgrade tips for CAD, IT managers from CAD manager Charles Prettyman, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2009

Excel Foundry Forges Ahead - Excel Foundry and Machine combined Romer Cimcore 3000i portable measurement machine with scan-to-CAD software from, Christiann Moore, Desktop Engineering, Feb 2, 2009 

Predicting the Future of CAD - CAD still has far to go in terms of performance, simplicity, connectivity, intelligence, more, Jeff Ray, Desktop Engineering, Feb 2, 2009

Mechatronics Primer: Reinventing Machine Design - process to integrate mechanical, electronics, control systems, computers to develop flexible, capable, multipurpose machines, Tom Kevan, Desktop Engineering, Feb 2, 2009

CAD is Boring - Because CAD is Alone! - calling CAD 'boring' touches off a debate, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, Jan 29, 2009 (more CAD industry articles)

PTC Schools Competition Hits Top Gear - enthusiastic students share their experience, show great grasping power, skills for fundamentals for design, engineering, Stephen Holmes, Develop3D, Jan 29, 2009

Natural User Interfaces - video, about natural frequencies in vibration analysis, creating multi-modal CAD, Tom Stahovich, University of California, Riverside,, Apr 2008

Say It In 3D - 3D a natural way to communicate, eliminates barriers, Richard Breitner, 3D Perspectives, Jan 20, 2009

Interview with Chris Williams, Vuuch Founder and CEO - startup aims to integrate CAD project communications, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Jan 26, 2009 

I(heart)Sketch Shows What 3D Design is All About - video shows applying design in semi-3D environment using touch interface, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 22, 2009

Amidst Gathering Clouds and Raging Storms - economic storm, casualty includes Autodesk Location Services, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, Jan 21, 2009

Dale Fugier - interview with McNeel's CAD software developer, academic background, selecting animal names for products, Autodesk connections, copyright notices, OpenNURBS for Nobel prize, Deelip Menezes,, Jan 14, 2009

Why Do Machine Shops Need a CAD System? - shorter lead times, pressure on pricing, production operations, Mark Driscoll, American Machinist, Jan 5, 2009

CAD Tools: Breaking Barriers - CAD company executives' views on migrating from 2D to 3D, simplifying design process, increasing productivity, trends, Linda Bell, NASA Tech Briefs, Jan 1, 2009

In Pursuit of CAD File Compatibility - need for compatibility between current and past versions, Ken Fields,, Jan 2, 2009


Interview with Maxim Bogdanov, ASCON CEO - KOMPAS 3D's success in Russia, where it is a leader in mid-range CAD, thoughts on US market, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Dec 22, 2008

Interview with Al Dean, DEVELOP3D Co-founder and Editor - overview on personal life, comparing online and print media, impact of social media on CAD users, new technologies, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Dec 16, 2008

George Davis Turns Avatech Around - CEO guides Avatech through several straight profitable quarters with cost cutting, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Dec 4, 2008

The Design Platform of the Future - current giant Autodesk faces challenges from open-source, low-cost, free software, Terry Wohlers, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2008

CAD In The Cloud - cloud computing may not be practical for CAD, with its demand for processing and graphics, Matt Lombard, Matt Writes Blog, Nov 3, 2008

Moving from 2D to 3D to Digital Product Development - 2D still popular but here are reasons to switch, Paul Hamilton Blog, Oct 16, 2008

The Case for Factory Automation - software can plan assembly lines, configure, guide robot for better production planning, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider Blog, Oct 15, 2008

Interview With Chris Randles, SpaceClaim CEO - importance of customer feedback, targeting users that don't use 3D parametric CAD products, why use SpaceClaim?, changing trends in CAD market, making less costly solutions, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Oct 15, 2008

Overcoming Market Challenges - A Design Approach - steps for product development companies to remain competitive in recessionary trends, setting goals, action plans, perform, fit, functional validation, implement, Natarajan Ramamoorthy, EGS, Oct 12, 2008

Where Art Modelling and Engineering Embrace - industrial designers using animation software with CAD packages to get required results, productivity, Tom Shelley, Eureka, Oct 10, 2008

Interview With Paul Brown, NX Marketing Director - views on Synchronous Technology, acquisition impact on UGS, ambitions, JT file format, future CAD systems, Franco Folini, NOVEDGE Blog, Oct 10, 2008

Common Pitfalls in Parametric CAD Systems - limitations of parametric CAD systems when applied to numerical optimization, more, Dr Edgar Gerteisen, Ledas, Oct 9, 2008

The Future 3D Multi-Stroke Sketching System of Your Dreams - video shows 3D curve sketching system with new interface technology changing way designers work, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Oct 8, 2008

Training Needs of Design Engineers are Changing - moving from physical, tangible processes to virtual representations, modeling, simulation, advantages adopting lean, six sigma for design engineers, David Lengacher, Desktop engineering, Oct 1, 2008

CAD Development Priorities - table to identify, manage important development priorities for CAD companies to develop reliable products, Evan Yares, Evan on Engineering Software, Sep 30, 2008

Interview With Gaetano Tavano, Founder of MechWorks - focused on document management, DBWorks/DBInventor benefits to designers, offering API support for customization, differences in US and Europe markets, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Sep 29, 2008

Bridging the CAD Deliverables Gap With Your Client - client requirements for electronic deliverables, software requirements, CAFM connection, file usage, distribution, communication, Melanie Perry, Cadalyst, Sep 25, 2008

PTC's Potential Sale Could Stir Up CAD Space - CAD industry leaders like Autodesk, Dassault, Siemens already completed acquisitions, carry their own parametric-modeling products, Cadence, ANSYS might go for deal, Christopher Calnan, MHT, Sep 19, 2008

Software, IP, Patents, Copyright and the Great Confusion - software programs afforded special protections, laws compare to other industries, confusing users, Matthew Lorono, SolidWorks Legion, Sep 24, 2008

An interview with John Walker - Pt 1 - an Autodesk founder and former CEO on historical tidbits and forward-looking insights into the CAD industry, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 12, 2008

No Surprise--PTC Up For Sale - executives had golden parachutes ready months ago, Roopinder Tara, CAD Inside Blog, Sep 8, 2008

From AutoCAD to Bricscad - Bricsys new version, lower price, better tools bound to attract AutoCAD LT and impact Autodesk, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 5, 2008

Alternative CAD Tools - SolidWorks tries to be master of all trades but specialized tools are sometimes needed, Matt Lombard, Matt Writes Blog, Sep 6, 2008

Software Via the Internet Offers a Cost-Effective Alternative to Licensing - vendors like PTC, Arena, SolidWorks, Autodesk offering software as a service, Engineer Live, Sep 4, 2008

Engineering Intent Must Drive Product Development designers should use easy-to-use templates containing engineering information for developing designs, Dan Meyer of Comet Solutions, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2008

Interview With Brian Roberts, President of QuadriSpace - talk about document-based solution, comparison with Adobe Acrobat 3D, exploiting visualization solutions, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Aug 29, 2008

Thin Clients Target CAD Users - technology advancements have improved graphics performance and latency issues, powering CAD and simulation programs, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Aug 25, 2008

Explode Diagrams. The Next Cool Thing in 3D CAD - video showing interactive 3D exploded views of models, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Aug 21, 2008

Response from Richard Welch, SW VP Customer Services - official SolidWorks response to initial outcry from SolidWorks users (on policy of charging if maintenance lapses) causes more heated debate, Matt Writes, Aug 19, 2008

The Easiest Fee to Avoid, in the Most Simple Way - best way is to stay current on your subscriptions, Mike Puckett's Blog, Aug 19, 2008

Chewing the CAD - CAD software are expensive and rights of its use are also controlled by companies, J Paul Grayson, Cadalyst, Aug 13, 2008

A State of Continuous Improvement - progress is being made in increasing interoperability among CAD systems and also in CAD process standardization, David Prawel, Desktop Engineering, Aug 6, 2008

Future of CAD and Cloud Computing - SolidWorks can make possible cloud-computing and CAD to go beyond desktop, Lou, SolidWorks Heard, June 30, 2008

Spangly New SpaceClaim Website - Sloppy Marketing 101 - new website illustrates products not designed in SpaceClaim, Al Dean, Develop3D Blog, Aug 1, 2008

An Interview With Roberto Ciarloni, think3 CTO - talk about direct modeling, outsourcing influences on CAD products, global shape modeling, more,  Franco Folini, NOVEDGE Blog, July 29, 2008

Model Driven Engineering - CAD software still need to find application of model-driven engineering, Evan Yares, Evan on Engineering Software, July 28, 2008

Where's the Future of 3D Interaction? - 3Dconnexion is still only company developing 3D mouse devices, Al Dean, Develop3D, July 28, 2008

3D CAD Software Eliminates Lengthy Error Checking - problems with 2D, benefits using 3D, Ved Narayan, The Economic Times, July 18, 2008

An Interview With Michael Gibson, MoI CEO and Founder - first hand look into Michael's innovative ideas and vision, created Rhino, new project for beginning users, making things easy, more, Franco Folini, NOVEDGE the blog, July 2, 2008

An Interview with Evan Yares, Charismatic CAD Expert - next revolution in MCAD, licensing issues, software as service, more, Franco Folini, Novedge the Blog, June 11, 2008

Visualize This - events that have shaken the CAD world include: Dassault unveils PLM 2.0, Autodesk buys Moldflow, PTC releases new version of CoCreate, more, Randall Newton, 3D CAD News, May 28, 2008

Where is Video Going - Direct3D or OpenGL? - porting SolidWorks to Mac has not been possible for Apple as SolidWorks uses higher end OpenGL graphics, Matt Writes, May 27, 2008

The CAD Industry is Split By History - benefits of history-based modeling can not be ignored in spite of direct editing being easy and less expensive, Matt Writes, May 22, 2008

A Close Encounter With Mumbai Pirates - despite laws and raids, author manages to find pirated AutoCAD, Pro/E - for about  $2.50, Deelip Menezes, May 12, 2008

The Prophecy - open letter to CAD community discussing current state of CAD software, Jacob Abel,, May 8, 2008

Future CAD: Download or Dealer? - web-based delivery of CAD products and services in future will question the survival of dealers, Martyn Day, Develop 3D, May 12, 2008

Protecting IP With the New Breed of 3D Design - new technology adds intelligence to CAD models, Al Dean, Develop 3D, May 8, 2008

A Sustainable Bandwagon? - environmental policy of CAD software should emphasize on sustainability, Nigel Davies, Eat Your CAD, Apr 30, 2008 (may require free registration)

Why is Direct Modeling Becoming Popular Among CAD Vendors? - technology that can be used by non-CAD users, but can not replace parametrics completely, Matt Writes, Apr 26, 2008

Model-Based Definition Drives Process Change - 3D model data exchange brings new technology trend for manufacturers for effective collaboration among internal departments, Ken Versprille of CPDA,, Apr 28, 2008

CAD Society 2.0 Aspires to Be Meaningful - CAD Society offers discount to members on CAD products, training, publications, more, Randall Newton,, Apr 28, 2008

How Microsoft's Live Mesh Will Affect 3D CAD - Live Mesh technology has ability to run CAD programs, can sync data to other secured computers, replicate vaults, more, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Apr 24, 2008

The CAD Society - Engineering Heroes - interview with Dr. Alyn Rockwood of SIGGRAPH, Patrick Hanratty, The CAD Society, Apr 2008

Siemens PLM Excites Onlookers With 'New' 3D CAD Technology - SolidWorks user gives his take on recent announcements about direct modeling, which on the surface appears to be a threat to history based modelers like SolidWorks, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Apr 23, 2008

Direct Modeling: The Future? - SolidWorks user takes notice of Solid Edge being able to direct edit a model, Ricky Jordan's Blog, Apr 23, 2008

Can CAD Market Grow in an Economic Downturn? - investing in technology will help to get efficient process cycle when funds are going low, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, Apr 7, 2008

The General, the Arms Merchant, and the Samurai: The CAD Society Gives Us a Real-Life Fairy Tale - The CAD Society honors Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, consultant Evan Yares and software architect Mike Riddle, Randall Newton, 3D CAD News, Apr 2, 2008

Integrating Industrial Robotics With CAD - SolidWorks offers RobotWorks that supports 'design for manufacture' process, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst, Mar 20, 2008

Dividing the Digital Plunder - CAD vendors like SolidWorks and Autodesk face clashes in intellectual property laws, anti-piracy technology in industry, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, Feb 1, 2008

Personal CAD - Alibre CEO may be using fear, uncertainty and doubt in promoting 'personal CAD,' Deelip Menezes, Feb 21, 2008

New Game, New Rules: Now It's Personal - affordability and ease of use is making personal CAD popular, Greg Milliken, Alibre CEO Blog, Feb 19, 2008 Offers Global Arsenal of Parts On-Call - history of, how founder Mitch Free went from CAD dealer to online part sourcing leadership, Laura Lathan,, Feb 19, 2008

Journalists and Bloggers - roles of blogging, comparisons to press, future of both, Deelip Menezes, Feb 13, 2008

Is SaaS the Killer App For the CAD Industry? - issues like ownership of information and data plus information transparency need to be addressed before adopting 'Software as a Service' model, Brian Seitz,, Feb 10, 2008

Journalists and Bloggers -- Old School Meets New School - increasing presence of bloggers, roles of bloggers versus 'traditional' journalists, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Feb 11, 2008

CCNtv Feb 4 Newscast - PTC Q1 2008 revenue up 9%, AVEVA ReviewShare for 3D visualization, demo of NEC 24" professional display, more, CADCAMNet, Feb 11, 2008

Lots More Input Device Concepts - touchless 3D user interface demands your hands to be in air, which is tiring, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Feb 4, 2008

Other Font Formats - They Exist - non-CAD programs support .otf files but AutoCAD 2008 does not, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 29, 2008

DRX for Dummies - explaining DRX and ARX, Deelip Menezes, Jan 22, 2008

Largest Producer of CAD Software? - author sorts through various claims to call Autodesk the largest CAD company, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, Jan 22, 2008

Novato Web Biz Largest CAD Reviewer on Net - talk with Roopinder Tara, CEO of TenLinks, history of company, serving CAD industry, recent acquisition of, more, Paul Jones, Novato Advance, Jan 16, 2008

OpenDWG Supports Many, Many, Many Operating Systems - Open Design Alliance DWG API supports Linux X86, Macintosh, IBM AIX, HP and more OS, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 14, 2008

Limiting Freedom - it is CAD users not CAD vendors who choose how and where to apply design software, Deelip Menezes, Jan 11, 2008

CCNtv Jan 7 Newscast - Autodesk's Civil 3D product and Bentley PowerCivil details, Cimatron to acquire Gibbs Systems, debut of ParaCloud Modeler v 1, more, CADCAMNet, Jan 7, 2008

CAD Searches - searching similar objects and raster images is difficult, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 9, 2008

Digital Signatures: Under the Hood - understanding public key encryption, digital ID, and digital certificate, Owen Wengerd, Outside The Box, Dec 10, 2007

Digital Signatures: Practical Guidelines - hurdles in using digital signatures in CAD model and some suggestions, Owen Wengerd, Outside The Box, Dec 10, 2007

Sustainability in the Mundane Aspects of Daily Life Starts with Design - vendors are offering range of PLM products to choose design material and produce sustainable products, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, CADCAMNet, Jan 2, 2008


Who Owns DWG? - Autodesk's fight for registering DWG may technically impact users working with DWG, Martyn Day, MCAD Online, Dec 13, 2007

DWG: The Registration Attempts & Successes - Softelec, ODA and SolidWorks have been successful while Autodesk is still waiting to get registered, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 18, 2007

What is Called For is a Breakthrough in the Product Design Process - approach of CAD systems towards product designing and development need to be altered, Brian Seitz,, Dec 15, 2007

Browser-Based Software of Possible Interest for CAD Users - useful application like Gliffy, ajaxSketch, Aviary, Koral, Blinksale, more, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Dec 17, 2007

Looking to Open Source for CAD Alternatives - Open Source not a threat to established CAD vendors, Matt Lombard, Matt Writes, Dec 4, 2007

CCNTV @ Autodesk University - CAD Video News and Reviews - small screen size and inability to view specific parts of video are small issues that can be improved, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Dec 7, 2007

Autodesk University Special Report - video interview with executives from Spheron, cadworks for architects, and NextEngine, CADCAMNETtv, Dec 2007

Autodesk University Special Report - 11/28/07 - video interview with executives from RDV systems, SolidCAM, and NVIDIA, CADCAMNETtv, Nov 28, 2007

Autodesk University Special Report - 11/27/07 - video of Carl Bass keynote, talk with executives from Adapx, 2Bot ModelMaker, and HP, CADCAMNETtv, Nov 27, 2007

Designers, Architects Celebrate 25 Years of Computer Aided Design - AutoCAD revolutionized CAD industry 25 years ago, providing freedom to design, Bryan Gardiner,, Nov 14, 2007

Open Design Alliance Catching Up - ODA has updated DWGdirect with annotation scaling, DWF file underlays and other features, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 15, 2007

Value and Service? - protecting intellectual property too much results in development of cheap alternatives, Robert Jamieson, MCAD Online, Oct 28, 2007

CCNtv Nov 6 Newscast - Q3 mixed financial results from Dassault Systemes, interview with Chris Williams from Seemage, Windows and CAD software performance on Mac, CADCAMNet, Nov 6, 2007

What is DWG? - readers defining DWG, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, Oct 29, 2007

Is Trial Software an Effective Marketing Tool? - free trial software targets mass users effectively as compared to giving personal attention, Deelip Menezes, Oct 28, 2007

How Goes Free Software? - offering free software may reduce piracy but software success is not assured, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 25, 2007

Graebert Becomes "Graebert" - GiveMePower changes its name back to Graebert GmbH, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Oct 16, 2007

More Concepting, Mesh and NURBS - defining mesh, NURBS, offerings from industry, Matt Writes, Oct 24, 2007

The Future of AutoCAD Clones - in futuristic 3D CAD world, companies will look for cheap substitutes of costly 2D AutoCAD, Deelip Menezes, Oct 23, 2007

The Thumb Wrestling Continues - Dassault is focusing on innovating web and peripheral to get competitive edge, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Oct 23, 2007

CCNtv Oct 22 Newscast - editors at Autodesk's Paris event side with digital prototyping and downplay PLM, Bentley's industry survey on BIM, CADCAMNet, Oct 22, 2007

Alias + Inventor - Rhino users on including Alias in the Inventor package, Deelip Menezes, Oct 20, 2007

Inventor and Alias - What Does That Have To Do With SolidWorks? - SolidWorks Labs has added conceptual shape modeler CB Pro, Matt Writes, Oct 18, 2007

Model-Based Design Takes a Front Seat - simulate any product to check and improve design functionalities through model-based designing, Paul Barnard, Desktop Engineering, Oct 14, 2007

CCNtv Oct 15 Newscast - Autodesk Manufacturing Media Summit report, more, CADCAMNet, Oct 15, 2007

Powering Up Green Design - CAD and PLM tools like Teamcenter, Windchill, CATIA, NX, Pro/E, SolidWorks are helping engineers create sustainable designs, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Oct 8, 2007

Beyond Step - STEP-NC standard helps CNC machines read CAD and CAM information but industry make take time to adopt it, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, Oct 2007

An Interview with Joel Orr, Chief Visionary of Cyon Research - talking about evolution of design software, missing link between engineering process and computer, blogging, web2.0, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Oct 8, 2007

CAD 2.0, or the Democratization of CAD - democratization of CAD will increase collaboration and faster product designing, Joe Lichtenberg, Spaceclaim Blog, Oct 4, 2007

How Shops Can Share Design Data with Intellectual Property Protection - CAD data software solution should be easy-to-use plus provide automatic de-featuring and support for major CAD software formats, Scott Collins, Moldmaking Technology, Oct 2007

An Interview with Giuseppe Bocchi, Engine Designer - role of CAD software in designing engines, Italian mechanical industry, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, Sep 26, 2007

The Way of Rhino, Part 3: Tracking the Coming Perfect Storm in CAD - discussing six indications responsible for coming storm, Randall S. Newton,, September 21, 2007

Computer Models, Handmade in Europe - Touch and Design project uses 'haptic' technology allowing user to see and feel virtual object, ICT Results, Sep 20, 2007

CCNtv Sep 17 Newscast - interview of eBay seller Timothy S. Vernor, who is suing Autodesk, CADCAMNet, Sep 17, 2007

Mastery of the Complex - history of CAD and how it affected engineering industry, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, Sep 2007

When the Left Knows What the Right Hand's Doing - efficiency and creativity go together to make a company "ambidextrous," Robert "Buzz" Kross of Autodesk, Desktop Engineering, Sep 2007

The Future of CAD - several innovations are taking place, counter to the claim of industry stagnation, Deelip Menezes, Sep 7, 2007

The Future of CAD - limited growth of computer hardware and less use of Internet is limiting CAD, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 6, 2007

CCNtv Aug 27 Newscast - Russian programmer, PTC drops SoftTech, Autodesk jabs at disgruntled resellers, more, CADCAMNet, Aug 27, 2007

Russian Programmer Arrested in Alibre Code Theft Case - former Alibre employee Roman Voznyuk was illegally selling Alibre software as 'RaceCAD Design Professional' product, Randall S. Newton,, Aug 24, 2007 

National Standards Evolve Slowly - challenges in creating and adopting national CAD and BIM standards, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, Aug 16, 2007

Design in Virtual Space - CAD software is helping designers and engineers understand technology in depth for building better aircraft, Harry Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineering, Aug 2007

CCNtv Aug 13 Newscast - GE Leasing accuses PTC of racketeering, Stratasys concern about competition, speculation about AVEVA, more, CADCAMNet, Aug 13, 2007

Fresh Air -- CAD TV - bi-weekly news about CAD provides a welcome change, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 30, 2007

Second Life: What Is It and Why Should Manufacturers Care? - virtual world and virtual economy is catching on with manufacturers, Brad Kenney, Industry Week, July 27, 2007

Don't Blink: Interview with Jeff Harrow - author and editor of discuss the future of technology including nanotechnology, combination of sciences, more, Sam Vaknin, Global Politician, July 28, 2007

Spend a Little on Documentation - increasing complexity of CAD and ignorance of CAD vendors leaves little space for documentation, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 18, 2007

Keeping CAD Files From Going Astray - CAD vendors UGS, Autodesk and SolidWorks offer their products to protect intellectual property, Larry Haftl, American Machinist, July 10, 2007

DWG Belongs to Autodesk? - USPTO replies to Autodesk's application regarding DWG trademark, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, July 12, 2007

Why Hasn't Someone Made One of Those Before? - six criteria to check if a concept can be developed as an ideal solution, Rick Chin of SolidWorks, Desktop Engineering, July 2007

An Interview with Jon Banquer, "Enfant Terrible" of CAD/CAM - talk about VAR network to sell CAD/CAM products, tips on choosing it, real time rendering, more, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, July 5, 2007

Vendors Make Over CAD, PLM Software for SMBs - CAD and PLM vendors are offering easy-to-use, competitive products to SMBs at low cost, Beth Stackpole, Design News, June 25, 2007

CAD '07 Conference - the event offers presentations on CAD, CAM and CAE subjects, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 28, 2007

An Interview with Roopinder Tara, CEO of TenLinks - the principle behind TenLinks, keeping users up to date, changing trends, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, June 25, 2007

Standardizing the CAD Software Market - analyzing positive, negative and interesting issues of uniform file formats and embedded standards, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, June 2007 (may require free registration)

The 40 Fastest Growing Software Companies - Autodesk, PTC, Adobe included, growth through acquisition a trend, Robert Hertzberg, Baseline, June 11, 2007

Designer Babies - investing in education and training plus a design engineering culture can attract young talent to manufacturing field, John Pickering, MCAD Online, May 18, 2007

What I Think CAD Will Look Like 50 Years from Now - computers will design individual parts or assembly and keep an eye on project details for betterment, Lester Craft, Innovate Forum, June 7, 2007

Can Oracle Shake the CAD Visualization Market? - what does it mean for Cimmetry, a well known visualization company acquired by Agile?, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, May 17, 2007

Virtual Worlds and 3D Printers: A New 'Golden Age' for CAD? - 3D printers will be used to create sustainable building designs, Lester Craft, Innovate Forum, May 15, 2007

What History Teaches about Standards - CAD and BIM practices need to be standardized so they can interoperate with each other, Mark W. Kiker, AUGI, May 2007 (requires free registration)

The Case for 3D Design - new tools should add productivity and quality to the civil engineering process, Michael Barkasi,, April 30, 2007

Are You Ready for Ed Goldberg's Vision for CAD in 50 Years? - predictions on the dominance of 3D in design world, better view of structures, reduced time in documentation, more, Lester Craft, Innovate Forum, May 1, 2007

T Splines - a plug-in for Rhino that can handle multiple surface patches as a single body, Matt Writes, April 10, 2007

The Democratization of 3D - products like Alibre, SketchUp and SpaceClaim are providing mid-range CAD at lower costs, Matt Writes, April 9, 2007

The Land of Opportunity is...Japan! - CAD vendors like FreeSpace and IronCAD are releasing their software in Japanese language, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 4, 2007

Siemens, Dassault, Parametric Could Vie with Asians for Smaller ALM Players - trend of growth through acquisitions, speculation about Adobe buying Autodesk,, March 30, 2007

WID Interview: Beth Powell - CAD Software Applications Specialist - The CAD veteran talks about her career journey, Melanie (Stone) Perry, Mistress of the Dorkness, March 6, 2007

Usage of CAD in Vista - mouse precision error is highest in Vista as compared to Windows XP and Mac OS X, JTB World, March 1, 2007

The Problems with CAD Tools: Vendors Address User Pain Points - issues are ease of use, functionality, collaboration, Tech Briefs, January 1, 2007

Do's and Don'ts for Selling CAD CAM Software in the US - tips for non-US companies doing business in US, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, February 23, 2007

Eye on the CAD/PLM Market - recent happenings at Dassault and UGS indicate their suspicious future, while PTC grows with high turnaorund, Sramana Mitra, Yahoo Finance, February 21, 2007

Intrusive License Agreements - how genuine are the software clauses asking for users' computers information, Deelip Menezes, February 15, 2007

Legally Yours - legal rights should be practiced within moral and ethical limits, Deelip Menezes, February 8, 2007

Are Creative Tools Ready for Windows Vista? - without official support for Windows Vista from Adobe and Autodesk, users can only wait until software and hardware issues are resolved, Digit, February 6, 2007

TrustedDWG Misconception - a software developer has the right and duty to add his information to user's drawing file, Deelip Menezes, February 7, 2007

Free CAD for Everybody - low-priced CAD systems, free 2D CAD to compete with Autodesk in 3D market, plus Autodesk's efforts to attract user base towards Inventor, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, February 5, 2007

Techsoft 3D Comments on OpenGL in Vista - due to issues involved in graphics cards on Vista, Direct3D is supposed to be the preferred option on Windows platform, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 26, 2007

Ownership and Copyright of Drawing Files - does a user own a DWG file?, Deelip Menezes, February 2, 2007

In Your Face, SolidWorks - Autodesk advertises at the SolidWorks annual user meeting, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, February 4, 2007

Windows Vista Problems with CAD Need to be Sorted Out - display drivers and development tools with Vista are affecting performance, workaround is to use installable client drivers by NVIDIA or ATI, Evan Yares, AEC, February 1, 2007

Vista's Chains Free Us from Microsoft - issues faced when working with Vista, Gizmos Grabowski, January 29, 2007

10 Reasons to Not Buy Vista - Vista has incomplete drivers, expensive, time-consuming, demands new hardware, more, Gizmos Grabowski, February 1, 2007

Capital Expenditures and Competitiveness - actual costs method can justify technology expenditures and ROI, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst, February 1, 2007

Windows XP vs. Vista: The Benchmark Rundown - average performance goes down 90% for MCAD applications and 86.4% for visualization programs running in Vista compared to XP, Patrick Schmid & Achim Roos, Tom's Hardware, January 29, 2007

To Vista Now or Wait - Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor checks if your hardware and software are compatible with Windows Vista, Lee Ambrosius, Hyperpics, January 29, 2007

What Can Ajax Do for You? - Asynchronous Javascript and XML (Ajax) and HTML based CAD and DWF viewers allow viewing CAD drawings with a standard web browser, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, January 18, 2007

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Design Software - make a choice, look for easy UI, ability to exchange files, think in long term, prefer quality over price Cristiano Sacchi, Novedge Blog, January 13, 2007

How to Rank CAD Blogs - reasons for choosing Technorati ranking for rating the CAD blogs, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, January 10, 2007

WorldCAD Access Posts Top 10 CAD Downloads on CNET - Google SketchUp tops the list with 422,782 downloads, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 8, 2007

Don't Quit Your Day Job to Start a CAD Blog - writing CAD blogs is for networking and sharing information, not for earning revenues from the blog, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, January 6, 2007

First Timebomb Explodes in Vista - fundamental flaws of Vista become apparent as the subcomponents showed malfunctioning, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 5, 2007

10 Reasons Why Vista is a Killer OS - Vista can disable functionality, decrease playback quality, eliminate unified drivers, more, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 2, 2007


Five CAD Trends for 2007 - more Internet usage, gap between big and small users, communication beyond paper, better documentation and more online user communities, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, December 22, 2006

Sing Sing - Evan Yares comments on his dismissal from ODA, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, December 20, 2006

Profile on Sean Dotson - Q&A session with Autodesk Inventor expert, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, December 18, 2006

2006 - A Strange Year for CAD - CAD industry needs some initiatives to keep it vital and ongoing, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, December 12, 2006

Why Upgrades are No Longer Popular - too many incremental upgrades, disruption has become negative, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, December 4, 2006

Can the Internet Put Fat CAD Software on a Diet? - CAD users prefer improved existing main features in a software rather than having other new features of little use, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, December 5, 2006

Booth Babe - We are Not Worthy - hiring a professional model at a trade show proves distracting, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, December 2, 2006

News Analysis for Mac Pros - Beware 'End User' Microsoft and Autodesk Both Seek Innovation by Lawsuits - Microsoft threatens to sue Linux end users, while Autodesk has already sued ODA for DWG infringement, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, architosh, November 22, 2006

Free CAD Offerings Are Growing - think3 offers free2Design for free, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, November 10, 2006

Piracy Figures Overblown - BSA, others, report big piracy figures with no solid grounds to get attention, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, November 7, 2006

Do's and Don'ts of Publishing Online Parts Catalogs - consider source, format, size, maintenance and cost factors when creating or using online catalogs for 3D CAD models, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, November 1, 2006

Lessons from the Airbus Design Team - cultural problems dominated collaboration systems in Airbus plants leading to mismatched electrical connections in A380 design, Doug Smock, Design News, October 30, 2006

Do People Pirate Software Because It Is Expensive? - higher relative costs of software may not fully explain high piracy rates in other countries, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, October 24, 2006

The Silence is Deafening - a scandal erupts in the CAD world but the CAD press remains mostly silent, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, October 18, 2006

3D for All and Kevorkian CAD - cost, complexity and openness issues keep users away from adapting 3D, Greg Milliken, Alibre CEO Blog, October 13, 2006

How Slow for a 80-Core CPU? - Intel's idea to develop 80-core CPU sounds unreasonable as software may not be able to run with it, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, September 28, 2006

AGCxml Won't Replace IFCs - IFCs is about data of the building facility, while AGCxml is about the transactional data used during construction, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, September 12, 2006

Pros and Cons of CAD - CAD software may draw unrealistic designs, but its ease of use and multi-functionality still excite engineers, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, September 2006

Risks - CAD software developers face the problems of inadequate requirements and architectures, poor software engineering and multiparty incompatibilities, Evan Yares, The CAD Industry, September 2, 2006

Intergraph to Go Private: It's About the Patents, not the Products - the real reason for Intergraph's acquisition in not the company's software but the hundreds of millions of dollars it has made defending its chip patents, Randall Newton,, August 31, 2006

More Than Just a Paint Job - Midland F1 Racing uses CAD model to design its paint scheme,, August 20, 2006

Optical Software: Which Program is Right for Me? - categorizing optical software and finding out the best based on on interoperability, modeling and analysis capabilities, accuracy, and technical support, Michael Stevenson,, August 17, 2006

The 3D Digital Revolution - Bernard Charles of Dassault Systemes talks about 3D digital revolution and how collaborative innovation will prosper in global context, MCAD Online, August 7, 2006

Backdating Hits CAD - Moldflow Corp. reports backdating due to improper documentation, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, August 10, 2006

Indian CAD Sector Plays Major Role in World Architecture and Engineering Field - due to high cost and shortage of architects and engineers in US and Europe, India becomes the major destination for outsourcing, PressZoom, July 25, 2006

CAD Companies Fight Over Boeing - Dassault and UGS clash as each strives for association with Boeing, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, July 24, 2006

Setting Clothes in Motion with Israel's OptiTex - OptiTex helps fashion designers and manufacturers to visualize and create 3D images of customized garments, Nicky Blackburn, ISRAEL21c, July 15, 2006

Jewelry Shoppers Find Store a Real Gem - designers make jewelry per customers' specifications using CAD software, Marton Dunai,, July 17, 2006

Autodesk Continues Alias Tradition of Free Alias PLE - Autodesk provides free download of personal learning edition of AliasStudio for non-commercial use, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 10, 2006

Users Revolt Against Annual Upgrades - users and book publishers dislike the increasing software complexities with every annual cycle, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 5, 2006

Who's Got the Mindshare? Goooooooogle! - Autodesk, Bentley, Graphisoft, VectorWorks, and others have Google Earth involved in their products, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 27, 2006

Multithreading and CAD - CAD users comment on extent of usefulness of multi-threading for CAD applications, Evan Yares, The CAD Industry, June 20, 2006

Now, This One is Funny - video pokes fun at Rhino3D but fails to show the qualities of Autodesk Studio Tools, Evan Yares, The CAD Industry, June 6, 2006

PDF Being Taken Out of Microsoft Vista? - Microsoft-Adobe breakup again questions the openness of CAD formats, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, June 6, 2006

FBI Agent Recounts Outsourcing Horror Story - no conviction after SolidWorks software theft stymies FBI, Bob Brown, infoworld, May 16, 2006

Who's the Loser? - video pokes fun at SolidWorks and features Autodesk's Carl Bass and Carol Bartz, Evan Yares, The CAD Industry, June 2, 2006

Top Tier CAD Vendors Proclaim: "Free 2D for Everyone!" - the free 2D CAD program performs much better than AutoCAD LT, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 2, 2006

Never Mind the Booth Babes; Here Come the Booth Wars - conspiring and targeting the customers in user events due to fear of competition is getting common in CAD industry, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 22, 2006

Affuso on Competitors - UGS CEO Tony Affuso criticizes Dassault's "dog's breakfast' of different platforms, foresees problems with PTC acquisitions, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 16, 2006

Actify Changes Management - David Opsahl and Chris Jones lead Actify as Randy Ochs and Lynne Saunders resign, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, May 17, 2006

Open Design Alliance Says Autodesk Infringes Copyright - many Autodesk products were found to be using DGNdirect indirectly, Randall S. Newton,, May 11, 2006

ODA Accuses Autodesk of Copyright Infringement - Autodesk ignored the copyright issues for two years, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 11, 2006

Open Design Alliance Statement on the Use of Its Technology by Autodesk - Q&A on Autodesk's alleged unauthorized use of DGNdirect libraries without membership in the alliance, Open Design Alliance, May 9, 2006

Autodesk and DGN V8 - Autodesk uses DGNdirect without membership in the Open Design Alliance, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, May 10, 2006

Free MEDUSA4 CAD for Linux - free CAD program has limitations, also available for Windows, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, May 10, 2006

ODF Sets the Example for CAD - ISO approved OpenDocument Format challenges Microsoft's APIs and data file formats, Evan Yares in The CAD Industry, May 6, 2006

Enlisting in Apple Boot Camp, Part 2 - representatives from Autodesk, auto-des-sys and Nemetschek NA discuss Mac vs. Windows, virus issues and effects of Boot Camp on the CAD industry, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst Management, May 3, 2006

Enlisting in Apple Boot Camp, Part 1 - executives of Autodesk, auto-des-sys, and Nemetschek NA discuss effects of Boot Camp on CAD industry, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst Management, May 2, 2006

Software Piracy Thrives in China - ninety percent of software used in China, including major CAD programs, is unlicensed, Reuters, published in ZDNet, April 19, 2006

U3-enabled CAD Viewers - When? - U3 can run applications from USB thumb drives, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 12, 2006

Is DS the New PTC? - PTC is now more responsive than ever to the press but Dassault Systemes appears to be heading in the wrong direction, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 11, 2006

CAD on Linux - enterprise applications such as UGS NX4 and Teamcenter are designed to run on multiple platforms and can more easily support Linux, Evan Yares, the CAD Industry, April 11, 2006

N-sided Surfacing - FreeDesign's n-sided surface technology may be exciting but CAD vendors may not want to license any more technology, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 11, 2006

CAD on Mac via Boot Camp - Apple's "bootcamp" software can help Windows-based CAD run on Intel-based Macs, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 6, 2006

Switching CAD Systems - make a rational decision after understanding the CAD needs to switch CAD systems, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, CEO of Strategic Reach Inc., Machine Design, March 23, 2006

Fate of NMW - and Trade Shows in General - attendance at industry trade shows is suffering, some suggestions to pick it up, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, March 23, 2006

Which CAM Shud Adsk Buy? - Autodesk may think about MSC.Software, especially when UGS has terminated its agreement with MSC, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 22, 2006

Is CAM Part of High-End CAD? - Autodesk's move towards owning CAM technology may scare its CAM partner vendors, Evan Yares, Evan Yares, February 21, 2006

UGS Slaps MSC: You're Not Good Enuf - free upgrade offer by UGS requires the purchase of a 12-month maintenance agreement, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 21, 2006

Dances with Wolves: Dassault, PTC, UGS -- and IBM - after weakened relationship with Dassault, IBM enters PLM alliance with PTC, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 15, 2006

2 PLMs Better Than 1 - how Lockheed Martin can use PLM solution from UGS as well as Dassault Systemes for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 12, 2006

What is High-End CAD? - factors that distinguish high-end CAD from mid-range CAD, Evan Yares, Evan Yares, February 3, 2006

HP and SW Gang Up on 2D Users - SolidWorks sponsors Machine Design's "Going 3D.." report which you can read after surrendering personal information, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 3, 2006

Do Your CAD Designs Comply? - CAD data can be used for the Restriction of use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which governs all electrical, electronic equipment imported to the European Union, Machine Design, January 2006 

Reversal of Fortune? - shares of Dassault performing better than Autodesk, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 31, 2006

The Old GLOBEtrotter Folks are Back - GLOBEtrotter is back with Reprise Software to deliver license management tools, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 29, 2006

PTC Targets UGS - PTC alliance with IBM is supposed to target UGS accounts in future, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 27, 2006

10-Year Plans - reducing software piracy rate in India and China to U.S. and European levels may take a long time, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 27, 2006

CIMdata Commentary: IBM-PTC Announcement - with this substantive relationship, IBM will sell PTC-branded products while at the same time selling products from its other PLM partner (Dassault Systemes) under the IBM brand, CIMdata, January 25, 2006

CEOs Using CAD - John McEleney of SolidWorks and Mark Sawyer of @Last are on a very short list of CAD CEOs that can use their company's software, Evan Yares, The CAD Industry, January 25, 2006  

Integrating CAD and GIS - CAD/GIS integration gives way to better designing using geospatial data, James L. Sipes, Cadalyst GIS, January 1, 2006

The Attraction of Detraction - users and resellers remain unaffected by juvenile behavior of CAD software companies towards their competitors, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, January 21, 2006

A Frenchman with Virtual Passion - biography of Bernard Charles, head of Dassault Systemes, James Kanter, International Herald Tribune, January 6, 2006

Extensions Return from the Dead - Autodesk now offers a new Pro Booleans feature extension for its subscription customers, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 11, 2006

Developer Buys Client - Geometric Software Solutions of India acquires Teksoft Inc. of USA, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 11, 2006

2006 - Looking Forward - CAD industry will see more 3D, more blogs in 2006, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, January 10, 2006

Tear Up Those Architosh Petitions Now! - a billion dollar conspiracy between Microsoft and CAD vendors forces CAD users to work on Windows-only computers, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 4, 2006

PC Magazines Asks, 'Why is CAD Still Backward? - "clueless" author slams CAD for not embracing 64-bit, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 1, 2006


Return on Interoperability: the Reward is Real - AEM Torino company of Italy is earning good ROI by improving customer service, Malcolm Walter, COO of Bentley,, December 2005

What! 64 Bits Just 7% Faster? - a 64-bit computing environment may improve data handling but overall speed improvement will be marginal without major architectural changes in software, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, December 13, 2005

Logical Fallacies - a list of logical fallacies being used in CAD marketing, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, December 12, 2005

AutoCAD Blogs Way Ahead of the Market - about 85% of blogs are about AutoCAD, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, December 8, 2005

The Long Tail in Engineering Software - the Internet is a perfect environment from which to serve specialized engineering software even if big software vendors limit their stock to 'hits,' Joel Orr, Machine Design, October 2005

Corporate Blogging as a Cheap Alternative to Marketing a Company - Lynn Allen, Autodesk's technical evangelist, recommends blogs as a way to put a more personal face on a corporation, Elaine Ng, Mediacorp News, October 11, 2005

Hey! are Bentley & SolidWorks Collaborating? - despite similar crossgrade campaigns from SolidWorks and MicroStation, record numbers of AutoCAD users are upgrading, yielding high revenues for Autodesk, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, October 20, 2005

India is Our Fastest Growing Market - Hans Kurt, UGS Executive Vice President-Asia Pacific, talks on future of PLM in India, Deccan Herald, October 22, 2005

Workstation Market Revitalized in 2005 - Jon Peddie Research reports shipping of branded workstation and professional graphics on a large scale in 2005, Randall Newton,, October 12, 2005

Integrated ERP/CAD Shines for ETOs - CAD-ERP integration software lets the data flow between engineering and production, Thomas R. Cutler, Machine Design, October 2005

3D Base Camp Opens: a Packed House and a Sold Out Event - first SketchUp users conference attracts over 300 attendees, Randall Newton,, October 5, 2005

Made Your Way - manufacturers are now concentrating on customer tailored products, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, October 2005

More to CAD Than Just Product Design - the move from 'model-centric' to encompass related data and Australia's lag in converting to 3D design, Keith Power,, September 14, 2005

Return on Interoperability: the New ROI - $16 billion are lost annually due to poor IT interoperability, Malcolm Walter, COO of Bentley, BE Magazine, pages 30-35, September 22, 2005

Counter Punch! UGS Socks it to Dassault - UGS and Microsoft provide 2D and 3D CAD drawings in non-CAD documents, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, September 14, 2005

Ephemeral Warehouse - digital archival storage and retrieval for future engineers' references is a challenge in light of software obsolescence, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, September 2005

CAD, Cars and Commercials - What's Around the Photoreal Corner - the state of the art uses CG instead of real cars, Debra Kaufman, Digital CAD, August 8, 2005

CoCreate's 3-Way Choice - CoCreate claims to be the only vendor to offer perpetual licensing, hosted licensing, or subscription licensing to customers, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, August 26, 2005

Designs on the Future - a Washington high school team takes 2nd prize in SkillsUSA, a national competition in automated manufacturing technology, Hope Anderson, The Daily News, July 18, 2005

The Competitive Requirements for ETO Technology - attention to trends will help technology providers perform better in engineer-to-order market, Tom Cutler, Managing Automation, June 21, 2005

It's All in the Design - in spite of having powerful design tools and strategies, users need more user-friendly tools, Peter Fretty, Advanced Manufacturing, June 2005

"CAD" Domain Names Available for Your Website Address - a list of 'cool' CAD domains just waiting to be picked up,, May 7, 2005 (more CAD industry news)

Which Stock is the Most Overpriced? - P/E ratio is used to measure the reasonableness of a stock's price, current P/E ratio of many CAD vendors shows surprising results, WorldCAD Access, June 9, 2005

PODcasting - Do We Care? - PODcasting , publication of an audio file that can be directly downloaded or used with a RSS feed, is the hot buzzword but how can it be used in the CAD industry, Rachael Dalton - Taggart, Floating Point, June 3, 2005

April 2005 - Survey Says - 68% are on subscription model works for their firms and among those, 24% upgrade to the new releases immediately, 52% wait for 6 months and 22% wait a year, Mark W. Kiker,, May 22, 2005

CAD Makes a Difference in Time To Market - time to market assumes different form in different circumstances and the CAD industry is helping out with faster workstations and software, Bill Mcllvaine, Managing Automation, May 4, 2005

Everyone Has a Special Relationship with Microsoft - Microsoft's invasion of the CAD industry continues unfazed with CoCreate and UGS pledging support for its products and services, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 30, 2005

CADfidential - behind the scenes about Autodesk on annual release schedules, Daratech conference, Dave Arnold's latest venture, more, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst Management, April 1, 2005

Up,Up,Up - CAD vendors like PTC, Dassault, Intergraph report increasing revenues, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 27, 2005

Innovations that Will Make Your Engineering Life Easier - changes in the engineering and manufacturing industry is inevitable although accepting such changes might not be easy for individual organizations, Kim Spinsby, CATIA Community, April 25, 2005

Press Releases Rules Are A-Changing - press releases should abandon their traditional form and provide a web site path to more customer information, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, Floating Point, April 25, 2005

The Third Dimension: CAD - CAD software is used by 25 million people all over the world and generates almost $10 billion a year, Graeme Philipson, SMH, March 4, 2005

CAD vs. CAM 101 - the gap between CAD and CAM have reduced considerably over the years, yet there are differences especially in their features and interoperability, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst Manufacturing, March 17, 2005

Now CAD is More Than a Fad - the good old days have taken away with them boring 2D designs. This is the age of three dimensions, ushered in by MCAD, Ved Narayan, domain-b, March 9, 2005

The Deciding Factor - research aims to help the way design engineers make decisions, Daniel D. Frey and Kemper Lewis, Mechanical Engineering Magazine, March 2005

PLM is Here to Stay, So Get Ready - report from daratech SUMMIT 2005, annual gathering of CAD, CAM and CAE company executives, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Mar 2, 2005

Ten CAD Challenges - significant technical challenges facing the CAD industry and an approach to addressing them, David J. Kasik, William Buxton, David R. Ferguson, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, March/April 2005 pdf

CAD Will Get Easier - virtually every developer is taking steps to improve their user interface - and facilitate design collaboration, Paul E. Teague, Design News January 10, 2005

NCS v3.1: No, Not Many Care - CAD users find any number of reasons not to employ the National CAD Standard in their offices, Michael Dakan, Cadalyst AEC Tech News #138, February 17, 2005

Meet the New Pirates - to reduce software piracy, what's needed is a serious look by the industry into what's being protected, what isn't and a strong lobbying effort to close up the loopholes, Ed Sperling,, February 16, 2005

JT Open Merging with DWF - UGS and Autodesk are swapping technology to gang up on 3D XML from Dassault Systemes, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, February 15, 2005

CAD Friendly - to make CAD easily integrated and better able to respond to industry demand, many software vendors are choosing to partner up, Start, February 14, 2005 (requires free registration)

Milestones in the News 1995 to 2004 - CAD companies and CAD-related technology are included in this roundup of technology milestones of last decade,, February 8, 2005

Agile Takes Part In PLM Acquisition Movement - Agile Software last week acquired collaborative visualization specialist Cimmetry for $41.5 million in cash to add to its product lifecycle management offerings and also to add 9,500 customers, Computer Business Review Online, February 7, 2005

Most Valuable CAD Company in the World - Autodesk is currently worth $7.2 billion; see who else is in the billion- and multi-million-dollar club, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 7, 2005

5 Major Trends in Product Design - CAD software is becoming more user- and collaboration- friendly, Katrina C. Arabe, ThomasNet, February 1, 2005

That's 2: Hitachi Expresses Support for U3D - Intel has signed up one more high-profile vendor to support its "universal three dimensions" format, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 26, 2005

Helping Designers Go Digital - new types of 2D and 3D design software have revolutionized the job for mechanical engineers and architects, in turn boosting sales in the design software industry at a 5% annual rate, J. Bonasia, Investor's Business Daily, January 21, 2005

A Crisis in Innovation? - SolidWorks CEO believes the state of CAD product development is in good shape, and that its standardization provides the fertile ground needed for the incremental development of a steady stream of productivity-enhancing applications, John J. McEleney, Desktop Engineering, January 2005

Offshore Outsourcing Is Both Inevitable and a Source of U.S. Manufacturing Strength - think3's CEO believes strategic outsourcing lets in-house engineers focus on innovative new designs, while more routine design/engineering work is outsourced, thus improving the recruitment, retention and motivation of in-house engineering talent, Joe Costello, Machine Design, January 6, 2005

Pay Up! HP Loses Against Intergraph in Germany - Hewlett-Packard launched a series of countersuits in the USA and Germany, claiming Intergraph software infringed on HP's patents, some of which related to CAD, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 14, 2005

Shifting the Balance - CAD developers have made billions of dollars over the last decade; now it's the users' turn to gain better returns on their investment, Dick Pilkington, CADserver, January 12, 2005

CAD Pros Wanted, PLM's Booming - if India were to capitalize on its product lifecycle management resources, the country might earn as much as $3 billion in the industry by 2008, Prabhakar Deshpande, Economic Times, January 12, 2005

Tsunamic Relief: CAD Vendors Join In - a list of some of the CAD companies - including PTC, SolidWorks and 3D Systems - that have launched campaigns for the relief of tsunami victims, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, January 11, 2005

CAD Will Get Easier - to help nudge more engineers to 3D CAD technology, developers from such companies as Autodesk, SolidWorks and UGS are working to enhance the ease-of-use factor in their CAD and collaboration tools, Paul E. Teague, Design News, January 10, 2005

Hot on the Trail of the Software Pirate - Autodesk's Piracy Prevention Program educates consumers about software law, helps companies better manage their software use and vigorously pursues software thieves, Nancy Spurling Johnson, MCAD Tech News #136, January 6, 2005

Student's Dilemma in Using Original Software - a response to the story of a man who confessed to using a pirated copy of AutoCAD, The Star Online, January 6, 2005


Confessions of a Former Pirated Software User - a Malaysian man admits to using a pirated copy of AutoCAD and other software, Ahmad Sayuthi, The Star Online, December 21, 2004

The MCAD Community Bids Farewell to a Great Friend and Colleague - Joe Greco - a personal reminiscence, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly Review, December 20, 2004

BlogCAD Exclusive Interview: Ralph Grabowski - noted CAD journalist reflects on the future of the CAD industry, BlogCAD, December 17, 2004

Joe Greco: Writer Extraordinaire, Colleague, Friend - Joe's name under the title of a review was as close as we in the CAD industry had to a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, Roopinder Tara,, December 14, 2004

Higher Prices = More Piracy - CAD vendors bemoan widespread software piracy overseas, but compound the problem by charging as much as double for their software in those markets, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, December 10, 2004

Microsoft Sparks Renewed Longhorn Buzz with Conference Plans -  Autodesk CTO Scott Borduin says his company plans to exploit Longhorn's Avalon and Indigo graphics and Web technologies as soon as possible, Erika Morphy, Enterprise Windows I.T., December 9, 2004

CAD/CAM/CAE Defense Applications: How Your Software Is Being Used for Defense Projects - how various CAD applications are involved with the world's defense operations, ConnectPress staff, CATIA Community, December 6, 2004 (requires free registration)

How Open Would 3D XML Be From Microsoft? - with the CAD industry already suspicious of "open" formats, it's difficult to see how Dassault and Microsoft can attract any major competitor to 3D XML, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, November 24, 2004

What Matters Most? - outsourcing and software will likely change the way engineers develop products, Machine Design, November 18, 2004

Microsoft and Dassault Systemes Forge Strategic Alliance - Microsoft and Dassault are working on what they hope will become the 3D standard - 3D XML for PLM (Extensible Markup Language for Product Lifecycle Management), a universal, lightweight XML-based format for capturing and sharing live, accurate 3D data, Jeffrey Rowe, MCADCafe Weekly, November 22, 2004

Microsoft, Dassault in Pact - big PLM deal steals some of IBM's thunder, Demir Barlas, Line56, November 18, 2004

The Point Being - as industry analysts asked probing questions during the Dassault-Microsoft press conference, there seemed less and less to the agreement, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, November 17, 2004

India Racing Ahead in Product Development - Indian software product development - including CAD/CAM - is becoming a thriving market for innovative ideas, R Ravichandran, the Financial Express, November 9, 2004

Functionality Is Dead - in software, the name of the game in the 1990s was functionality and technology but now it's ease of use and accessibility, Erik Keller, AMR Research, November 1, 2004

Gentleman Genius: Patrick Hanratty - pioneer in the field of developing NC and CAD code is working on the next big thing, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, Desktop Engineering, November, 2004

Software Piracy: Why You Should Care, and What You Can Do to Ensure the Software You Use is Legal - Sandy Boulton, Autodesk's Director of Piracy Prevention, discusses why software piracy has become so prevalent and what her company is doing to overcome it, Lynda Rutledge, Pro/E Community, October 21, 2004

India's Future in Engineering Design - a perspective on the Indian side of the outsourcing equation and a survey of the overall engineering climate there, Abhinav Rai, Pro/E Community, October 6, 2004 (requires free registration)

2004 Will Be Good, '05 Better Predicts Software President - SolidWorks president John McEleney believes that the continuing migration of design departments from 2D to 3D is one of the major trends that will boost the CAD industry's economy, Machine Design, September 16, 2004

China Guarding Against Software Piracy - troubled by piracy in the world's most populous country, Autodesk recently changed its focus from sales to services to offer an advantage that pirated products lack, People's Daily Online, September 20, 2004

Outsourcing CAD Offshore: Assessing Service Provider Reliability - advice on how to evaluate potential partners for  outsourcing some of your CAD to an offshore service provider, Lakshman Balaraman, CAD Outsourcing Newsletter, September 7, 2004

Subscription-Style Software Licenses Continue Upward Trend - the trend toward subscription-based software licenses continues, with a slight increase in subscription and hosted software in the second quarter, John Foley, Information Week, September 8, 2004

Dimensions, Tolerances, and More Right on the Model - the new ASME standard Y14.41 establishes guidelines for documenting digital 3D models, Machine Design, September 2, 2004

CAD Takes On New Role - mid-range, value-priced CAD software - now with added PLM and collaborative tools - is growing at nine percent today while more pricey competitors are seeing only four-percent growth, Design News, September 7, 2004

Software Piracy: Hype Versus Reality - explores the activities of the Business Software Alliance, a nonprofit trade group formed by more than a dozen major software makers - including Microsoft, Adobe Systems and Autodesk - charged with enforcing licensing and copyright protection, David Becker, CNET, August 2, 2004

Antipiracy Bill Gains New Ally - Autodesk is among the organizations endorsing new legislation that would outlaw peer-to-peer networks and possibly some consumer electronics devices - like Apple's iPod - that could be used for copyright piracy, Declan McCullagh, CNET, July 21, 2004

JT Open Initiative Continues To Attract New Members - JT Open is becoming an influential community of users, software vendors and other parties across the PLM chain, who are able to share 3D data for the purposes of visualization, collaboration and data-sharing, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly, July 19, 2004

The Case for 2D Design - if solid modeling is so effective, why are 80 per cent of CAD users still sticking with AutoCAD?, Charles Clarke, e4engineering, July 9, 2004

How GM Saved a Billion Dollars - GM exec Tony Scott discusses the transformation of his company into a 100-percent outsourcing operation, with EDS the primary outsourcer, Jeff Caruso, Network World, July 12, 2004

Offshoring, Part II: The Debate Continues - although a consulting firm study proposes that U.S. companies aren't offshoring operations quickly enough, one manufacturer has launched an innovative program to help keep manufacturing jobs in America, Lynda Rutledge, SolidWorks Community, July 6, 2004 (requires free registration)

Large-Scale 3D Data Integration - An Introduction to the Challenges for CAD and GIS Integration - as computer-aided design has developed towards AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) solutions, the border between Geographic information Systems (GIS) and CAD has begun to fade, Sisi Zlatanova, Directions Magazine, July 7, 2004

Offshoring, Part I: New Study Refuels the Debate - a Labor Department report released this month concluded that few U.S. job losses could be blamed on offshoring, Lynda Rutledge, Inventor Connections, June 28, 2004 (requires free registration)

Outsourcing Chart - a graphical representation of issues relating to the outsourcing of work, Joe Greco, Cadalyst, June 17, 2004 (pdf)

Offshoring Poses Security Hazards - behind-the-scenes account of a fired SolidWorks employee who stole the software's code and attempted to sell it, Barry Shlachter, Star-Telegram, June 25, 2004 (requires free registration)

Outsourcing Part 3 - advice on how to compete in the CAD/CAM sector without sending jobs to cheap labor markets, Joe Greco, Cadalyst MCAD Tech News #123, June 17, 2004

CAD Pioneers Gave Desktop PCs A Full Range of Electronic Drafting - examines the origins of CAD at Autodesk, the current state of the industry and a discussion - with Bentley's Keith Bentley - of CAD's possible future, Tom Sawyer, Engineering News-Record, June 21, 2004

10 Electronic Technologies That Changed Construction - CAD (specifically AutoCAD) is listed as number two in the list of the 10 technologies to change the construction industry in the past 20 years, Tom Sawyer, Engineering News-Record, June 21, 2004

Outsourcing, Part 2 - examines many of the often overlooked problems that outsourcing causes for the company it's supposed to benefit, Joe Greco, Cadalyst MCAD Tech News #122, June 3, 2004

Tech Execs Want Better Schools, Fewer Software Pirates - among the tech leaders appearing before senators on Capitol Hill, SolidWorks CEO John McEleney described his recent trip to Asia where he bought a black market copy of his company's $4,000 software for $4,, June 17, 2004

Group Drafts First Spec for 3D CAD - the CAD software market could move into new dimensions with XML data, Clint Boulton,, June 2, 2004

Outsourcing, Part 1 - much overseas outsourcing is the result of the extreme greed of large multinational corporations, who place what's good for the corporation ahead of what's good for the individual, under the guise of "if the company does well, the individual will do well," Joe Greco, Cadalyst MCAD Tech News #12, May 20, 2004

CAD Financials - Part 2 - discusses the CAD industry's financial outlook and some of the market factors that may affect the industry in the near future, Robert Green, Cadalyst CAD Manager's Newsletter #106, May 13, 2004

Mexico's Race Against Time - a shortage of CAD systems is part of the problem of Mexico's troubled apparel industry, Daniel Kaye and Charlotte Woodcock, Apparel Magazine, May 1, 2004

Dassault Joins With Rand Worldwide - Dassault Systemes is investing $8.5 million to create a new US company called Rand Americas - what's in it for Dassault and Rand?, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, April 15, 2004

The State of CAD Interoperability 2004: Survey Results - Proficiency and TenLinks studied the issue of CAD interoperability to determine how engineering model data is delivered today to manufacturers and suppliers, how CAD conversion, geometric translation and/or feature-based CAD interoperability is handled, at what expense and under whose authority,, April 16, 2004

Mac CAD: COFES Is Over, What Next? Tidbits and Hearsay - the announcement by UGS PLM Solutions that they are porting Parasolid to the Mac OS X platform is welcome news to Mac CAD users and shouldn't be a great surprise considering Apple's Unix-based OS and 64-bit hardware, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, April 7, 2004

They Love Me, They Love Me Not? - thoughts on the changes in the CAD dealer/developer relationship in a time of decreasing margins and dealers going out of business, Martyn Day, CADserver, April 7, 2004

COFES 2004 Report - an account (with photos) of the recent COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software), where more than 200 CAD users, vendors, journalist, and analysts debated the past, present and future of CAD, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, April 6, 2004

Summary of COFES 2004 - a participant offers his thoughts on some of the discussions that took place at COFES on the state of the CAD industry, Sean Dotson,, April 5, 2004 2004 (pdf)

The Increasing Cost of Ownership - a look at the latest trends in the buying and selling of CAD software, Martyn Day, CADserver, April 6, 2004

Intergraph Settles with Intel, Dell - in a patent infringement suit, Intel will pay Intergraph $125 million now and an additional $25 million a quarter for the next year, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, March 30, 2004

Chinese Whispers - buzzwords, techspeak and mysterious acronyms are rampant in the CAD world, and although some of this is inevitable the downside is that such jargon can create barriers to communication and understanding, Nigel Davies,, March 16, 2004

Auto Outsourcing: India's World No.1 - CAD/CAM professionals in India are enjoying the fact that their country is the top outsourcing destination for Detroit's auto industry, Economic Times of India, March 25, 2004

2004 Engineering Salary Survey: It's Good to Be an Engineer - salaries are up, but engineers are feeling insecure about the threat of job outsourcing, Victoria Reitz, Machine Design, March 18, 2004

EDS Selling UGS PLM Solutions For $2.05 Billion - how the deal evolved and what it means for the future of UGS PLM Solutions, Jeffrey Rowe, MCAD Weekly, March 22, 2004

UGS PLM to Sell for $2.05B - Martyn Day and W. Bradley Holtz discuss the recent selling of UGS PLM Solutions,, March 15, 2004

Design: Next BPO Frontier for India - India is emerging as a design hub as more and more companies are increasingly outsourcing industrial and engineering design tasks to the country, N. Vidyasagar, Time of India, March 1, 2004

Reuters Summit-Tech Companies Focus on Asia to Expand Jobs - executives at a recent conference said they see increased hiring in countries like India and China, but few jobs will be added in the United States, David Zielenziger, Feb 27, 2004

PLM - With and Without CAD/CAM/CAE - if SAP buys UGS PLM it will mean that three of the five main MCAD systems of the past decade will be in the hands of non-US-based companies, Dennis A. Nagy,, February 18, 2004

Mars: Fourth Planet from the Sun - how SolidWorks, COSMOSWorks and Pushbutton PDF helped to create the robotic arm of the Spirit Rover, Arnie Williams, Cadalyst, February 1, 2004

Collaboration Driven By Globalization - Autodesk's Robert Kross discusses the trends in CAD, including the use of collaboration as a management tool and the growing adoption of 3D modeling, Design News, February 12, 2004 (may require free multiple-field registration)

CAD Companies Seek Beta Testers - how to get involved in testing the CAD software you use and what to expect as a tester, Michelle Lang, Design News, February 10, 2004 (may require free multiple-field registration)

Out With The Old, In With The New - we need to remove the emphasis on CAD as a process and concentrate instead on making it a tool again by which we achieve our desired result - concentrating on design, Nigel Davies,, January 23, 2004

Is CAD a Done Deal? - a fundamental change in CAD technology is needed to help users make a quantum leap forward in productivity terms - but the answer is not simply PLM as many in the industry would have you believe, Bob Brown, Engineering Automation Report, January 2004 (hosted on Cambashi)

State-of-the-Art Software Key To Golf Course Designing - golfer Greg Norman's firm, Golf Course Design, uses the latest CAD software and other technical tools to produce documents ranging from 3D conceptual plans to final construction drawings, Financial Express, February 3, 2004

They Love Me, They Love Me Not? - in the face of a tough market, ever-decreasing margins and dealers going out of business, what is the future of the CAD dealer/developer relationship?, Martyn Day, CADserver, January 23, 2004

An A List Alliance - AVEVA (formerly Cadcentre) has teamed up with Autodesk in a strategic alliance to provide extended design software solutions to the process industries, e4engineering, January 30, 2004

And the Award Goes to ... Us! - that CAD magazines and organizations hand out so many awards has as much to do with placing themselves in the limelight as it does honoring outstanding products and services, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, January 26, 2004

Ripe for Change - Part II - an analysis of the current performance of the CAD/CAM market and individual players in the UK, Nick Ballard, CADserver, January 23, 2004

Dassault Systemes - with no serious competition in the aerospace business and a top player in the global auto industry, Dassault sets its sight on capturing the PLM sector, Carol Matlack, Business Week Online, January 26, 2004

AVEVA Delivers XMpLant - AVEVA's new translation technology promises to affect the plant design fortunes of not only AVEVA, but also Bentley and Intergraph, Randall Newton,, January 22, 2004

Carrots, Sticks and Spies in Software Piracy Fight - the Business Software Alliance estimated global losses from all software piracy - including CAD applications - at more than $13 billion in 2002, Douglas Heingartner, New York Times (hosted on International Herald Tribune), January 18, 2004

Offshore Outsourcing: Engineering Goes Overseas - a growing number of firms are moving high-tech engineering and design work overseas - is your job next?, Martyn Day,, January 12, 2004

IT Industry Should Not Lack Soul: Autodesk Vice President - software will be the key to the IT industry in China in the coming 10 years, according to Autodesk VP Jack Gao, China View, January 2, 2004


Software Crimes, Easy Getaways - currently in India more software is pirated than purchased, Sify News, December 23, 2003

The Fabric of an Industry Has Evolved with Technology - designers of carpet and textiles have turned to CAD/CAM and other advanced tools and methods, Alan Joch, Architectural Record, December 2003

Think Outside of the Square - begun as an AutoCAD services company in 1989 with four employees, Hawaii-based HONCAD now boasts a staff of 24 and projects gross sales of $10 million in 2003, David K. Choo, Hawaii Business, December 2003

CAD, GIS Integration: Why Would You Want to Do This Anyway? - merging CAD and GIS information could prove useful to both facilities management and emergency management, Hal Reid, Directions Magazine, December 10, 2003

Industry Urges Government to Address Counterfeit Conundrum - Australia leads the pack in the proliferation of business software piracy, including Autodesk products, Jennifer O'Brien, PC World Australia, November 26, 2003

Change Is Constant - with all the turmoil in the CAD industry, it pays to look beyond a company's product features and give some scrutiny to that company's longevity, CATI Technical Newsletter, November 2003

Alibre Case Underscores Russia Piracy Issue - Russia's reputation as a haven for software pirates is being reinforced by allegations that a code thief has been illegally distributing a program called RaceCAD, which is actually a product of Texas-based software company Alibre, Michael Mainville, IDG News Service, November 17, 2003

MCAD Industry View - What Did the Last Quarter Bring? - explores how the major MCAD vendors performed during the third quarter of 2003 and discusses how they might fare the rest of the year and beyond, Russ Henke and Jack Horgan, MCADCafe, November 13, 2003

Advanstar Buys Cadence - a discussion of Cadalyst's recent purchase of Cadence magazine and how that acquisition reflects the maturity of the CAD publishing industry, Adena Schutzberg, GIS Monitor, November 6, 2003

Women On Top - a female CAD manager explores the reasons why there are so few women sharing her leadership position in the industry, Nigel Davies and Karen Fugle,, November 6, 2003

Cadalyst Buys Cadence Magazine - the growing influence of the Web is one of the major factors in the changing nature of the CAD publications industry, Rachael Dalton-Taggart,, October 31, 2003

Spatial vs. Autodesk Lawsuit - reflections on the aftermath of the Spatial vs. Autodesk lawsuit that lasted almost two years, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #108, October 23, 2003

PDF vs. DWF - a report on the battle between Adobe and Autodesk to win the engineering publishing format war, Martyn Day,, October 29, 2003

Is RaceCAD Design a Clone of Alibre Design? - an interview with the unnamed programmer, accused of stealing the Alibre Design code and selling it in Russia under the name RaceCAD, who claims he is innocent,  Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, October 28, 2003

Open Source Riles Software Makers - Autodesk is among the companies concerned over a decision by the state of Massachusetts to shift to open-computing standards and consider open-source software as part of that strategy, William Welsh, Washington Technology, October 27, 2003

Piracy, Security Hot Issues with Tech Execs - software executives lobbying the US Congress include Carol Bartz of Autodesk, by Kent Hoover,, October 20, 2003

EDS To Sell Part of PLM Solutions - why is EDS selling a portion of its PLM division, and who will buy it?, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, October 14, 2003

Workstations in the CAD/CAM Sector - as PCs have grown more powerful, the use of workstations for CAD tasks in the UK has fallen to a mere 10 percent - and within that number systems from Sun account for some 40 percent of the hardware, CAD Spaghetti, Autumn 2003

The Little Stock That Could - in April, Faro Technologies traded for $2; now the stock trades for over $11, Ben Berentson,, September 18, 2003

Some Thoughts on IMSI's Recent Purchase - will IMSI's recent deals with Upperspace and CADKEY usher in renaissance or ruin for the company?, Joe Greco, CADENCE MCAD Tech News #105, September 3, 2003

CAD Outsourcing Trends - examines the growing trend of the globalization of technical labor and how it affects CAD professionals in North America and Western Europe, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #92, September 10, 2003

The Increasing Cost of Ownership - where once CAD companies competed on features and functions, today’s CAD market is more and more reduced to one issue: the rising cost of ownership, Martyn Day,, September 9, 2003

Booming Firm "A Perfect Model" - a UK firm, Cad-Cam Projects, reveals the secrets to its success in growing from four employees to more than 50 in just three years, Colin Lewis, ic Coventry, July 16, 2003

What CAD/CAM Corporate Executives Earn - although CAD companies have seen little or no growth recently, many company executives are not only unwilling to take responsibility for this, they're earning enormous salaries that show low correlation between pay and performance, CADCAMNet, June 19, 2003

Thoughts on the Dealer/Developer Relationship - do software companies really respect CAD dealers and their function in the sales process any more?, Martyn Day, CAD Spaghetti, Summer 2003

Software Firms Keep Hard Times At Bay With New Business Models - MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) CAD firms such as IntelliSense are seeing the necessity of cooperation to grow their market, Jeff Karoub, Small Times, May 29, 2003

Commercial CAD/CAM for Linux? - Weber Systems may be the first company to offer a commercial 3D CAD/CAM package for Linux, Carl Brown, NewsForge, May 28, 2003

Bay Area Case Ends with Bangkok Arrest - a 25-year-old Ukrainian man faces charges for marketing and selling counterfeit software - including Autodesk products, Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune, May 22, 2003

For EDS, Not Enough Good News - EDS has named a new CEO and made several other recent positive moves, but a number of outstanding issues must be resolved to win back investor confidence, Richard Stice, Business Week, May 23, 2003

Avatech - discusses Avatech's decision to sell its PrescientQA software to TDCi and the company's new deal with Dassault, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 16, 2003

COFES2003: A Technology Summit Like No Other - a report from the recent Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, where discussions stemmed from the latest advances in science and technology, Amy A. Rowell, MCADCafe, May 21, 2003

Today's Drafters Draw on New Skills - in the near future, CAD operators will need to master at least two 3D CAD programs to be competitive in their field, Patricia V. Rivera, Indianapolis Star, May 21, 2003

daratechSUMMIT2003 - a report from this year's gathering, where the latest 3-letter superstar, PLM, took center stage, Martyn Day,, May 15, 2003

CAD/CAE Initiatives for Growing Future Engineers - a look at some of the CAD-related programs for high school students that are prepping tomorrow's engineers, Louise Elliott, DE Online, May 2003

Garment Sector Grows Stitch By Stitch On Tech Adoption - CAD/CAM applications are among the technological tools that have helped boost the Indian apparel industry to a $15 billion a year enterprise, Kavitha Alexis, The Financial Express, May 5, 2003

Catching Them Younger - "pre-engineering" programs such as PTC's Partnership for Innovative Learning, which brings CAD to high-school students, is helping to create a new generation of engineers, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2003

Solid Modeling and Medical Devices: Maintaining Compliance in a Virtual Design Environment - 3D digital design has yielded huge gains in speed and flexibility, but going paperless also raises important legal and regulatory hurdles, David Warburton, Medical DeviceLink, April 2003

Licensing: Software by the Numbers - the Business Software Alliance, which includes Autodesk and Bentley, are trying to deal with software pirates, a fair number of whom are CAD users within the architecture industry, Alan Joch, Architectural Record, April 2003

Is the Worst Over? - the job market for both new grads and experienced engineers is showing some positive signs, Machine Design, April 30, 2003

CAD Whiz Creates Her "Dream Story" - Stephanie Kvamme's CAD Store, founded in 1984 with a $5,000 loan, last year boasted $10 million in revenue, Suzanne Starr, The Arizona Republic

Malaysian Software Developers Feel the Heat of Piracy - a recent investigation found that four out of five copies of Autodesk software in use in Malaysia is pirated, Raslan Sharif, TechCentral, April 15, 2003

CAD on Campus - explores what some educators, industry leaders, and students have to say about CAD's role in education and what they see as the opportunities to refine the tech-education process for mutual benefit, Kenneth Wong, CADENCE, April 2003

Adding Excitement To E-learning - think3 is among the growing number of companies offering simulated software for employee training, Jennie L. Phipps, Industry Week, April 2003

Meetings and Interviews - a report from the recent Daratech Summit2003 and NDES on discussions with various CAD/CAM industry executives, including representatives from EDS, PTC, IBM, ANSYS, Autodesk, SolidWorks, VX and Iced*CAD, TechniCom Weekly, March 25, 2003

Are We Doomed Yet? - the computer-networked, digital world - including the CAD/CAM sector - is beginning to reconfigure the world as we know it, with possibly dire consequences, Sheldon Pacotti,, March 31, 2003

CAD Five Years Down the Road - where will CAD's developers focus their future developmental efforts, and how will that change the way we use CAD?, John Connolly, TimeCompress, January 2003

Is There a Future for the CAD Software Industry? - more and more consolidation of companies and new ways to sell and support CAD software are likely trends in the future of the industry, David E. Weisberg, A-E-C Automation, February 2003

Re-Thinking the CAD Course: Design Not Drafting - traditional drafting courses need to be re-thought to emphasize design and creativity, John Hutchinson, Ties Magazine, December 2002 (pdf)

Creative Revival - recent advances in CAD technology may free designers from repetitive work so they can be more creative, David Fowler,, January 24, 2003

CAD Software Report Card - examines how well CAD applications are doing in adopting technologies - such as data exchange and 3D visualization - that should be fundamental components of CAD software, Peter K. Sheerin, CADENCE, January 2003


Keynote Address by Carol Bartz at Autodesk University - Bartz rallies the users - and once again claims Autodesk is second only to God in the creation of the universe, Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, Dec 5, 2002

Special Autodesk University Issue - a report from the recently concluded Autodesk user conference, includes Carol Bartz' keynote, by Adena Schutzberg, GIS Monitor, Dec 5, 2002

Special Issue - Autodesk University 2002 - mostly about GIS but includes a peek at the Tablet PC, Joe Francica , Directions Magazine, Dec 5, 2002

CAD Industry in Decline-Conclusion - how CAD vendors are affecting the industry and  why CAD managers should learn how to customize their software, Robert Green, CADENCE, July 11, 2002

EDS PLM Solutions: Delivering on its Potential - Unigraphics was absorbed by EDS, bought SDRC, changed its name and now moves forward, Martyn Day, July 15, 2002

An Interview with Carol Bartz, CEO, Autodesk, Inc. - GIS revenue has been up 27% during the last year but what is Autodesk's vision?, Joe Francica, Directions, June 25, 2002

Bernard Charles Interview - the head of Dassault talks about the latest product updates, including some new 3D morphing capability,, June 11, 2002

EDS PLM Solutions Leads CAM Software Market - with Dassault 2nd and PTC 3rd, CIMdata, June 18, 2002


Interview: Yoav Etiel, former VP of Bricsnet - Yoav Etiel, executive vice president of World Wide Marketing, recently left Bricsnet. Here is an exclusive interview with, October 2001

An Interview With Joe Costello - he may be think3's CEO but there's a whole lot more to this dynamic individual, Peggy Aycinena, EDA Vision, Nov 2001 (pdf)

EDS Acquires SDRC - CIMData's position paper on the merger, June 22, 2001, pdf file (reprinted in MCAD Vision, Aug 2001)

Re-Engineering The New PTC: v.2001-2002 - detailed report on PTC financial status and its financial expectations, by Merrill Lynch, July 30, 2001

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