MCAD Tech News (#222)

3 Oct, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe

The Modeling Pendulum Swings

Vendors share their perspectives on the evolution from explicit interaction with geometric objects to indirect manipulation of parametric formulas and features.

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend an event hosted by Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA) titled “Product Lifecycle Management Road Map 2007.” This event was the 14th annual PLM Road Map conference that, from the beginning, has focused on the evolving elements that continue to influence product development. It’s an interesting format where CPDA's analysts and key industry players share their experiences to address strategic PLM topics.

One of the sessions that piqued my interest was a panel discussion titled “Leveraging Design Models and Reuse Downstream: A Shift in the CAD Modeling Pendulum.” Moderating the panel was Ken Versprille, a CPDA partner and PLM research director. Participants in the panel included Robert W. Bean, P.E., executive vice-president of Kubotek USA; Richard Bush, director of marketing for Siemens PLM Software; Aaron Kelly, product manager with SolidWorks; and Michael Payne, CEO of SpaceClaim.

As you might imagine with this mix of panel participants, things started out with a civil tone, but it quickly got heated as both the moderator and audience members raised various interoperability issues. Read more>>

On the Edge: In the Solid Edge Zone

By Russell Brook

For some time now, the advanced assembly design capabilities of UGS Solid Edge software has helped many customers overcome the complexities of large assembly design in industries such as heavy industrial vehicles, large mechanical machinery, and process and power. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

Enterprise PLM Transformation Tour 2007
Various October and November Dates
Various U.S. Cities
These events will provide first-hand expert knowledge from SAP, Right Hemisphere, and members of the PLM Alliance about how new developments can optimize global product development launch and support processes. Read more

Shape to Fabrication 2
October 25, 2007
London, United Kingdom
Rhinoceros reseller Simply Rhino Limited will host an international architectural event featuring leading architectural professionals demonstrating how Rhino is becoming an increasingly important tool in the architectural profession. Shape to Fabrication 2 will also feature presentations dedicated to new and improved Rhino technology, as well as keynote addresses. Read more

November 1, 2007
Portland, Oregon
This Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) regional learning and networking event will be packed with interesting courses and opportunities to network with fellow “campers” and browse the exhibit area. The foremost goal of AUGI CAD Camp is to enlighten and inform through educational sessions, which serve to broaden users' experience with the Autodesk products they use every day. Read more

EuroMold 2007 Conference
December 5-8, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany
EuroMold, the World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, merges all important industrial sectors. The basis of this unique fair concept "From Design to Prototyping to Series Production" bridges the gap between industrial designers, suppliers, and users. Read more

International Wohlers Conference
December 7, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany
This special international conference, presented in English, will investigate the growing number of opportunities in custom and short-run production and the role of China, Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. The conference will clarify why custom manufacturing is becoming increasingly important, especially in the West. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here.