Paul Sicking,
Chief Technology Officer,
Siemens PLM Software

Paul Sicking

Regardless of whether you use an open format like Parasolid and JT, or a neutral translator such as STEP or IGES, the real benefit is being able to do something with the data once it is imported. That is where tools like synchronous technology come into play. Synchronous technology can leverage imported data and allow changes that preserve the design intent that may have been lost in translation.

Finally, the emergence of co-creation and customer-sourced design is changing the way we look at user experience in regards to CAD and PLM software. To realize this co-creation paradigm, companies are asking their CAD and PLM vendors to provide tools for communities of ad hoc users to easily share and collaborate.

Chris Randles,
President and Chief Executive Officer,

Chris Randles

Our customers want tools that help them do their job better. For example, with traditional CAD systems, real-time design collaboration was impossible because engineers couldn’t edit designs in real time without risking meeting-ending rebuild errors. With our software, engineers, customers, and suppliers can get together in person or over GoToMeeting and make fast, informed decisions.

The emerging technology that will change engineering the most is neutral MBD (model-based definition) formats that support precise solids with PMI (product manufacturing information). JT is clearly at the forefront, as the automotive industry had mandated it, but 3D PDF and STEP also show promise. Combined with direct modeling, these formats finally offer the MCAD world a viable path from the interoperability nightmare caused by feature-based modeling. These interoperability problems cost manufacturers billions, which is the largest market opportunity in the business.