CIMdata to Host a Free Webinar on CAD Trends

This educational webinar will consider if CAD Trends really impact CAD.
By: CIMdata
Learn about CAD Trends in a new CIMdata webinar
Learn about CAD Trends in a new CIMdata webinar
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jan. 12, 2021 - PRLog -- CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "CAD Trends—Real Change or Marketing Hype." The webinar will take place on Thursday, 28 January 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and last for one hour.

At the beginning of each new year, various technology groups, industry publications, and CAD solution providers offer their opinions on future trends in CAD. These opinions are truly subjective. This year is no different. An internet search on "CAD Trends" results in 16.2 million hits. While not all are current to 2021, many are. But are even the most recent predictions credible?

CIMdata believes that a Trend in CAD results in an impact on how CAD operates or how a CAD designer interacts with CAD design software. It does not include such topics as "CAD in the Cloud." That is an application packaging topic, such as CAD on a workstation or CAD on a PC. A trend must affect how CAD works internally, such as when parametric modeling was a new trend, or affect the internal structures within CAD. For example, Generative Design is not a trend, but the integration of mesh geometry with precise geometry to support generative design within CAD is.

In this webinar, we will look at the types of "CAD Trends" put forward in 2021 and assess whether they truly impact CAD or are just hype, promoting a technology solution.

Attendees will:
  • Learn the real impact on CAD from advertised CAD Trends.
  • Understand the potential short- and long-term benefits derived from CAD trend changes.
  • Better evaluate whether new trending solutions will benefit their business.
According to Dr. Ken Versprille, an Executive Consultant at CIMdata, "Each year about this time, many publish what they consider to be the CAD Trends for the coming year. While a number are marketing hype for their products, too often, the stated trends have more to do with software packaging than actual core CAD. CIMdata believes that real CAD Trends must impact CAD capabilities and how CAD operates."

Dr. Versprille has 40+ years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions for engineering and manufacturing. His research spans geometric design, design collaboration and automation, PLM standards and openness, and CAD integration across PLM applications. Dr. Versprille published the first description of NURBS, the mathematical curve-and-surface formulation, now an international standard in CAD and Computer Graphics. In 2005 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The CAD Society.

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