Year 2012 started with a hope to see the raise of a a new cad - SolidWorks V6, the replacement of SolidWorks V1 . SolidWorks are playing the "yes or no" version of V6 for several years now postponed the launch at 2013 and reduced expectations about the capabilities of the new CAD software. The V6 Scheduled to SolidWorks World next January, is now aimed for concept design. Do you have any idea what that means? And, If V6 is for concept design what is V1 good for?
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Direct editing is the ability to edit three-dimensional Solid files regardless feature history or the software that created them.
All indications shows that SolidWorks V6 will meet my "Modern software" rolls. With the V6, SolidWorks finally can offer direct editing and, at least according to preliminary reports, it will have cloud capabilities. For those wondering about the name V6, the new software is based on a browse technology from the parent company Dassault Systemes. Dassault's flagship software, Catia is now at version 6 or V6.
Autodesk released last year a huge number of applications and new technologies to cloud and mobile computing, Android and iOS. Two years ago, from the entertainment area at the old port of Tel Aviv, Autocad WS rise from an Israeli company which was acquired by Autodesk, The WS is a DWG drafting software that is cloud, mobile and free. Also there is the 123D family of software. The free cloud, Mobile / PC / Mac tools aimed to hobbies and children got a boost in 2012 and, added three-dimensional CAD capabilities to the browser. Now, you can plan in 3D from your internet Browser and not only plan, additional software help to manufacture or 3D print the results.
Autodesk also released the first cloud technology Finite Element simulation software with an innovative business model of "pay per use" and, 3D scanning software that uses the smart phone camera and performs the calculation and construction of surface at the cloud to stitch a 3D model.
2012 was the year that the industries start to noticed the potential of the mobile devises and smart phones . The popular eDrawing viewer software found its way to Apple devices and, like PTC Creo viewing software, ignores users with Android devises. Even Siemens's forgotten software, Solid Edge, revived a Viewer app for Android and iOS.
Autodesk, that continues to lead the pack with a variety of drawing, sketching, viewers, and Simulation apps for mobile (17 different applications !) Added recently the FormIt, a modelling software for the Ipad, similar the popular SketchUp software.
Smart software solutions that focuses on specific areas such as molding, construction or production lines design were previously reserved mainly to the expensive high end software . with 2012 we see the mainstream software provider putting more focus at different vertical markets. Autodesk with the Suites, bundle the cure software like Autocad, Inventor and Revit with new items like Autocad electrical to cover rage of capabilities for various design segments such as the Factory design suite for factory and assembly line planing and design.
SolidWorks too entered this year into the vertical solutions market with Solidworks Electrical and SolidWorks plastic, both from a third party partner.
The 3 trends reviewed here will likely continue to lead the CAD world in 2013.
At least two completely new CAD software will be announced in 2013 from SolidWorks and Autodesk. See also earlier post on "The Battle to the cloud"
Finally, I would like to thank the thousands of readers who bothered to read my thoughts this year. Thanks to dozens of responders here, LinkedIn and directly to me.Very special thanks to few who bothered to click on the ads on the page !
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Have a Successful Year!