Siemens Adopts CAD 2.0

It sure looks like parametric solid modeling is on its way out. Today Siemens PLM Solutions let the world know about their breakthough “Synchronous Technology”. Some time ago I referred to SpaceClaim 2007 as CAD 2.0 and published a white paper on it. I also predicted that other vendors will follow suit. Today Siemens PLM Solutions did exactly that.

Take a look at the video here. For a moment (in fact for many moments) I thought I was looking at SpaceClaim. This is going to be part of Solid Edge and NX and will be released in May.

Hey Autodesk, SolidWorks and the rest of the gang, what are you guys waiting for?

  • Anonymous

    Spaceclaim indeed! OK SolidWorks and Dassault – time to buy Spaceclaim before Autodesk do!

  • Anonymous

    Spaceclaim indeed! OK SolidWorks and Dassault – time to buy Spaceclaim before Autodesk do!

  • jon_banquer

    It’s not on the way out. It’s going to be a mixture of parametric and direct modeling. While SolidWorks has been putting bells and whistles in SolidWorks 2008, Siemens/UGS has been working on substance. I agree with the anonymous poster who thinks SolidWorks needs to buy SpaceClaim before Autodesk does.

    Jon Banquer
    San Diego, CA

  • jon_banquer

    It’s not on the way out. It’s going to be a mixture of parametric and direct modeling. While SolidWorks has been putting bells and whistles in SolidWorks 2008, Siemens/UGS has been working on substance. I agree with the anonymous poster who thinks SolidWorks needs to buy SpaceClaim before Autodesk does.Jon BanquerSan Diego, CA

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, while I’m as enthusiastic and impressed with Spaceclaim’s apporach as you are (and it sure looks like Siemens were as well, since they have made a pretty good attempt to copy it) – I think that saying that parametric solid modeling is on its way out is a bit of an overstatement.

    As long as there are standards, specs and constraints on the form of a design, there will be a need for parametric modeling. Furthermore, it is simply not practical/efficient to expect to model everything interactively. (It sure is fun though!)

    I have worked for software vendors on both sides of the case – and the one that opened up the parametric solid/surface modeling 100% via a standards-based scripting language had an incredible amount of success.

    So I agree with Jon B, we’ll likely see a mixture of techniques for a long time to come.

  • Anonymous

    Deelip, while I’m as enthusiastic and impressed with Spaceclaim’s apporach as you are (and it sure looks like Siemens were as well, since they have made a pretty good attempt to copy it) – I think that saying that parametric solid modeling is on its way out is a bit of an overstatement. As long as there are standards, specs and constraints on the form of a design, there will be a need for parametric modeling. Furthermore, it is simply not practical/efficient to expect to model everything interactively. (It sure is fun though!) I have worked for software vendors on both sides of the case – and the one that opened up the parametric solid/surface modeling 100% via a standards-based scripting language had an incredible amount of success.So I agree with Jon B, we’ll likely see a mixture of techniques for a long time to come.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Chris, I am looking far out into the future. Direct modeling is in its infancy. As it evolves, features will be automatically and accurately recognized to capture design intent. I get the feeling that Parametric Modeling will be more of a drawback as Direct Modeling continnues to improve. You are both correct, till that happens we are going to have a mix of both, but I believe that it will be a temporary fix to the problem.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Chris, I am looking far out into the future. Direct modeling is in its infancy. As it evolves, features will be automatically and accurately recognized to capture design intent. I get the feeling that Parametric Modeling will be more of a drawback as Direct Modeling continnues to improve. You are both correct, till that happens we are going to have a mix of both, but I believe that it will be a temporary fix to the problem.

  • TOP

    I saw UG doing something like this back in 1999. It was at a demo in Chicago for their mold bundle. I would say this is more of a development in user interface than anything else.

    In the in-between land of manufacturing engineering and product maintenance this capability will be very helpful. However, the thought that the designers intent can be so easily bypassed will need some thought.

  • TOP

    I saw UG doing something like this back in 1999. It was at a demo in Chicago for their mold bundle. I would say this is more of a development in user interface than anything else.In the in-between land of manufacturing engineering and product maintenance this capability will be very helpful. However, the thought that the designers intent can be so easily bypassed will need some thought.