CAD Vendors Agree Violently at Cadalyst Smackdown


Put a bunch of CAD industry types together, ask them to work out their differences, and what do you get? Agreement. And lots of it.

Last week, hosted a panel discussion featuring representatives from PTC, Kubotek, Siemens PLM, SpaceClaim, Autodesk, and others. Editor Bill Fane asked each to discuss the merits and shortcomings of parametric and direct modeling. For the most part, they all agreed that comparing the two approaches to CAD was like comparing chisels to screwdrivers—the best tool depends on the job you’re trying to do. Then they agreed some more—about interoperability, usability, and the challenges ahead. Sounds boring, but it wasn’t. In fact, it was fascinating.

After a few rounds of self-promotion and all the bluster you’d expect from this crowd, participants got down to some interesting talk about the state of 2D and 3D CAD. What’s changed, what’s better, and what it’s like for the people who have to live with the software every day? Who’s being served by the software as it evolves? Who’s being left behind?

In the end, the webcast led to a nicely rounded look into the CAD software industry and its players. If you weren’t there, I highly recommend you listen to the recording.

Congratulations and thanks to Cadalyst for organizing the “CAD Smackdown,” for keeping it relevant, and for making sure Mike Payne got a chance to say something. (We kid.) I think everybody won this bout. Here’s hoping for many more of these in the future.

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One Comment

  1. Bill Fane
    Posted Mar 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Flattery will get you everywhere…

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