MCAD Tech News (#229)

12 Dec, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe

The Events That Shaped MCAD in 2007

Acquisitions, new launches, and a changing of the guard are some of the events that kept the manufacturing design world buzzing this year.

By Jeffrey Rowe

As we wrap up the year, I am reminded that 2007 proved to be yet another year filled with news and events that changed the MCAD landscape. Some were surprising, some weren't, and some seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. I thought I'd recap the stories that I think were among the most significant in 2007.

PTC Acquires CoCreate
PTC acquired CoCreate Software this year for approximately $250 million. With the acquisition PTC has the opportunity to broaden its MCAD portfolio, because it plans to integrate the CoCreate modeling products with the PTC Product Development System (PDS).

CoCreate is the latest in a long series of acquisitions that PTC has made over the years that have included Computervision, Mechanica, Arbortext, and Mathcad, among many others.Read more>>

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Cadalyst contributing editor Jeffrey Rowe is the principal of Cairowest Group, an independent industrial design, mechanical engineering and technical communication consulting firm with offices in Colorado and Michigan. You can reach him by e-mail at or by phone at 719.539.8549.

Standardizing 3D Modeling Nomenclature (MCAD Modeling Column)

By Mike Hudspeth, IDSA

How many times have you had the opportunity to peruse and use multiple 3D modeling software packages? I do it all the time because I write reviews. Not everyone gets that chance. (I love what I do.) I have read various surveys that say that many users -- the majority, in fact -- use more than one package to do their jobs. I do that too in my day job. I use four different software packages. What specifically those programs are is immaterial. What is relevant is that they are different in many ways. Read more>>


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

SolidWorks World 2008
January 20-23, 2008
San Diego, California
The SolidWorks World 2008 International User Conference & Exposition promises general sessions, more than 150 in-depth training sessions, 200 new products in the 9,000-square-foot Product Design Showcase, and more than 100 innovative solutions in the most expansive Partner Pavilion yet. A full conference pass is $995 with a $100 early bird discount through December 14. Read more

3D Collaboration & Interoperability Conference
May 15-16, 2008
Denver, Colorado
Industry leaders from manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, high-tech, electronics, and other discrete industries, along with representatives from government and the defense community, will meet to share presentations and interactive panel sessions about real-world user experiences and solutions in 3D collaboration and CAD interoperability. Read more

24th Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC)
July 21-25, 2008
Charlotte-Concord, North Carolina
The CMSC is the only North American conference dedicated solely to users of portable, high-precision measurement technology used to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor. Each year, the CMSC community convenes to gather information and attend white paper presentations delivered by their peers. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on