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CAD at a Glance: 1982-2007 Timeline (Cadalyst's 25th Anniversary Celebration, Part 5 of 5)

1 Jun, 2008 By: David Weisberg

A timeline outlining many of the major events that have taken place in the world of CAD throughout the past quarter of a century.

Cadalyst -- 25 Years

January Autodesk formed as Marin Software Partners
March AutoCAD (then known as MicroCAD) shown at
Sixth West Coast Computer Faire

Auto-trol Technology demonstrates Series 7000
CAD software on Apollo workstation at NCGA

April Marin Software Partners incorporates as Autodesk

Applicon introduces DEC VAX-based systems

November AutoCAD-80 shown at COMDEX

UGS demonstrates UniSolids at AUTOFACT

January T&W Systems introduces PC-based VersaCAD
736 Fastdraft
IBM begins shipping 736 Fastdraft system
June Applicon announces BRAVO!

May Computervision demonstrates drafting software on Sun workstation at NCGA Conference
June Autodesk goes public

Keith Bentley begins selling MicroStation, then known as PsuedoStation, to Intergraph users

September Computervision introduces PC-based Personal Designer

  CADKEY introduces PC-based 3D CAD
Intergraph demonstrates new Plant Design System (PDS)
May PTC founded
October Calma introduces PC/AT-based DraftStation

January IBM introduces RT-PC and Profession CADAM
June AutoCAD v2.5 is released
November Al Green becomes president and CEO of Autodesk
December Intergraph ships Intergraph Engineering Modeling System (I/EMS)

January Intergraph acquires 50% interest in Bentley Systems and begins marketing PC version of MicroStation
September AutoCAD Release 9 is launched

SDRC initial public offering

Intergraph acquires Fairchild's Clipper microprocessor division

October Prime Computer acquires Versacad
November General Motors selects UGS' Unigraphics software as the company's primary design system
December Prime Computer initiates hostile takeover of Computervision

January PTC begins commercial shipments of Pro/ENGINEER
October Prime Computer acquires Calma

August J. H. Whitney acquires Prime Computer in leveraged buyout
November IBM acquires CADAM from Lockheed

August First North American AutoCAD User Group meeting

Computervision Division of Prime Computer launches
November Dassault acquires CADAM software from IBM

EDS acquires UGS from McDonnell Douglas

Carol Bartz
Carol Bartz becomes chairman, president and CEO of Autodesk
June Prime Computer goes public with Computervision name
November Dassault announces CATIA v4, which ships a year later

March SDRC launches I-DEAS Master Series
June EDS sells AEC portion of UGS, including GDS software, to private investors who rename group Graphic Data Systems Corporation
August PTC begins shipping Windows NT version of Pro/ENGINEER
September Applicon is acquired by Gores Enterprises
October First Autodesk University held in San Francisco
AutoCAD LT is introduced

January SolidWorks is formed as Winchester Design
May Intergraph announces shift from UNIX workstations to PCs running Windows NT
November AutoCAD Release 13 ships

January Bentley begins distributing MicroStation independent of Intergraph
SolidWorks 95
SolidWorks 95 introduced at AUTOFACT

February Autodesk releases Mechanical Desktop
April Intergraph introduces Solid Edge
September HP establishes CoCreate as a wholly owned subsidiary
December Autodesk announces acquisition of Softdesk

February SDRC launches Windows NT-base I-DEAS Artisan Series
AutoCAD Release 14
AutoCAD Release 14 begins shipping
June Dassault announces acquisition of SolidWorks
September First Autodesk Design World in Los Angeles
November PTC completes acquisition of Computervision

Intergraph files 22-count lawsuit against Intel; other companies are later added to lawsuit

January Intergraph sells mechanical software products, including Solid Edge, to UGS

Bentley introduces ProjectWise, an information management system, formerly known as TeamMate

PTC acquires CADDS 5

February OpenDWG Alliance is formed
March Dassault announces CATIA v5, which ships a year later
August Autodesk announces acquisition of Discreet Logic

August UGS acquires Applicon from Gores Enterprises
October Archway Systems acquires rights to VersaCAD from PTC
November Autodesk launches Inventor
Buzzsaw established by Autodesk as separate company

May Bentley acquires Intergraph's civil engineering software products
July Dassault acquires Spatial Technology
September UGS acquires Engineering Animation

May EDS announces acquisition of SDRC and plans to merge it with the company's UGS subsidiary

Autodesk acquires Revit

January Bentley announces plans to acquire Infrasoft

March EDS sells UGS to group of private equity firms for $2.0 billion

January Intergraph settles lawsuits against Intel and other companies for a total of $768 million

January Autodesk acquires Alias
Carl Bass
Carl Bass becomes CEO of Autodesk

UGS acquired by Siemens
UGS is acquired by Siemens AG for $3.5 billion
December PTC acquires CoCreate


About the Author: David Weisberg

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