Scott Sweeney from Kubotek calls 2010 “The Year of Direct Modeling“. Probably to emphasize this, Kubotek is offering a whopping $700 off on KeyCreator V9 throughout 2010, which includes three months of maintenance free. Here is the countdown clock on their web site.
They are also currently running other offers such as 20% off on KeyCreator + KeyMachinist 3-Axis or Extended Translators and $500 off on KeyCreator + Hypershot Rendering. Moreover, existing customers can get 30% off on KeyMachinist or Extended Translators.
I also believe that 2010 will be the year of Direct Modeling. But I am more interested in the Direct Modeling that is supposed to come from the other side. Autodesk is due to release another technology preview of Inventor Fusion. PTC is expected to unwrap the direct modeling features hidden in Pro/ENGINEER in the Wildfire 6.0 version. There is no word from SolidWorks yet, except to say that they are not going to offer direct modeling. Does SolidWorks intend to beat the crap out of Instant3D and stretch it make it do the kind of things Inventor Fusion has started to do? Will there be some sort of announcement or preview at SolidWorks World? Time will tell.
As far as technology is concerned, I believe 2010 promises to be quite an interesting year.