Book, The Engineering Design Revolution, Available for Free Download27 Jul, 2008
Industry veteran David Weisberg of Cyon Research publishes CAD history.
Cyon Research, a provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets, announced last week the release of The Engineering Design Revolution — The People, Companies and Computer Systems That Changed Forever the Practice of Engineering, David E. Weisberg's new book on the history of the CAD industry.
According to the company, Weisberg started the history project when he recognized that the industry was losing the pioneers of the industry. He took up the task of interviewing those pioneers, and the result, five years later, is a history covering more than 60 years of CAD technology starting with the development of numerical control tooling in the mid-1940s at MIT, through the early days of academic research, and an in-depth discussion of the companies and people who made this industry a reality.
Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, said, "Dave's work with this book represents a lifetime of involvement and passion for the CAD market. No one is better qualified to cover this topic and present it in such a readable fashion."
According to Joel Orr, who wrote the book's foreword: "Dave's book is at once a personal history, replete with vignettes that are the stuff of life; a history of the birth, infancy, adolescence, and maturity of a family of technologies; and a record of the sea changes that have happened in engineering as a result of those technologies. In short — a feast for CAD old-timers, engineering educators, and young engineers alike."
David E. Weisberg is chief industry strategist at Cyon Research and the founder and publisher emeritus of Engineering Automation Report. He was also the publisher of AEC Automation Newsletter. Weisberg has written extensively for Cadalyst, MicroStation Manager, Pro/Engineer — The Magazine, Solid Solutions, Mechanical Engineering, and other publications
The book is downloadable in PDF format at no charge at cadhistory.net. Weisberg is requesting that readers consider contributing to the Cancer League of Colorado Foundation in recognition of the value the 650-page book.