Beth Stackpole, Contributing Editor for Design News, recently helmed an online panel discussion featuring representatives from the top companies promoting the use of Direct Modeling.
The discussion lasts about 45 minutes and features:
- Paul Hamilton (PTC – CoCreate)
- Blake Courter (SpaceClaim)
- Dan Staple (Siemens PLM)
- Evan Yares (Industry Analyst)
Direct Modeling can no longer be dismissed as a fad. It is an undeniable movement. CoCreate, SpaceClaim, and Siemens are clearly focusing lots of time, energy, money, and development in this key area of 3D technology.
While each company is discussing Direct Modeling here, each appears to have a distinct notion of how it should be applied. It was interesting to see these points of view presented side-by-side. Watch for these differing themes in each of the corporate presentations:
Companies should look to choose either Direct Modeling or traditional (history-based) CAD.
Companies should introduce Direct Modeling alongside their traditional CAD platforms to serve non-drafters who are unlikely to climb the traditional CAD learning curve.
Companies should have a single, traditional CAD tool encompassing Direct and history-based modeling.
Hands down, my favorite part of the presentation came from industry vet, Evan Yares. I encourage you to hold out till the end to hear his comments. His no-BS, down-to-earth style is refreshing and entertaining.