Inventor Fusion

Shaan Hurley’s post alerted me to Autodesk’s Inventor Fusion Technology Preview. So contrary to what some believed would happen, Autodesk went ahead and made it’s own push-pull technology instead of buying it.

I haven’t got access to this piece of software yet but these videos look very familiar to what SpaceClaim and Synchronous Technology offer. I am most interested to see whether Autodesk has done a better job at mixing parametric modeling and direct modeling as compared to Siemens.

So now that leaves SolidWorks and Alibre Design out in the cold. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the direction in which solid modeling is headed. Alibre had better come up with something pretty soon. It will be most interesting to see how SolidWorks handles this. It’s parent company Dassault Systemes already has this technology in their CATIA V6 platform. But it does not appear that they are in the mood of giving it to poor little SolidWorks because poor little SolidWorks is busy nibbling at their pie and snatching their customers from them. They don’t even let SolidWorks read CATIA files, which is simply ridicuous. The fact that SolidWorks has been using the Parasolid modeling kernel from Siemens will only add to their woes.

But then, SolidWorks may already be developing their push-pull technology. I don’t believe they have been twiddling their thumbs as they watch the world go by. Time will tell.

  • swertel

    Back when there were rumors flying of SpaceClaim getting ready to sell, I emailed Greg Milliken, then CEO of Alibre, trying to pry information if Alibre was interested in growth through acquisition. I didn’t get a definitive answer.

  • swertel

    Back when there were rumors flying of SpaceClaim getting ready to sell, I emailed Greg Milliken, then CEO of Alibre, trying to pry information if Alibre was interested in growth through acquisition. I didn’t get a definitive answer.

  • Anonymous

    When exactly was the LAST TIME you used SolidWorks? Do your research before you speak! Push-pull and direct editing has been in SolidWorks for several releases.

    Deleep…you are better than this. I have read your past blogs.

  • Anonymous

    When exactly was the LAST TIME you used SolidWorks? Do your research before you speak! Push-pull and direct editing has been in SolidWorks for several releases.Deleep…you are better than this. I have read your past blogs.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Anonymous, you should read my series on “Synchronous Technology”. Click the first link on the “My Favorite Posts” on the right.

    There is far more to it than simply moving a face with the mouse. I have done my research and taken the time to understand direct editing. And I can tell you that it is very different from what SolidWorks offers.

    BTW, I use SolidWorks every day. Just as I use the other dozen CAD systems installed on my computer.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Anonymous, you should read my series on “Synchronous Technology”. Click the first link on the “My Favorite Posts” on the right.There is far more to it than simply moving a face with the mouse. I have done my research and taken the time to understand direct editing. And I can tell you that it is very different from what SolidWorks offers.BTW, I use SolidWorks every day. Just as I use the other dozen CAD systems installed on my computer.

  • Richard Williams.

    The only point I will concede to you is that of the Catia and SolidWorks not playing nicely together. What you are talking about is a lot of fancy footwork in the boxing ring with out much of a punch. Direct modeling without any record of what has been done in my opinion is pretty useless. How did you get there? How do you make different configuration steps along the way. I’m sure SolidWorks will have something as good or better IF they want to go this route. Perhaps another Shoot Out is necessary to see where any time savings would be. Even though I do not think these kinds of competitions prove very much. Amen.

  • Richard Williams.

    The only point I will concede to you is that of the Catia and SolidWorks not playing nicely together. What you are talking about is a lot of fancy footwork in the boxing ring with out much of a punch. Direct modeling without any record of what has been done in my opinion is pretty useless. How did you get there? How do you make different configuration steps along the way. I’m sure SolidWorks will have something as good or better IF they want to go this route. Perhaps another Shoot Out is necessary to see where any time savings would be. Even though I do not think these kinds of competitions prove very much. Amen.

  • Ragnar Thor

    Alibre also has a push/pull tool and a smart delete tool, but those pushes become extra features with new parameters.

  • Ragnar Thor

    Alibre also has a push/pull tool and a smart delete tool, but those pushes become extra features with new parameters.