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Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It

Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Companies used to have design and manufacturing under one roof. But today’s teams are spread across the globe– and traditional CAD wasn’t built for distributed design.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Looks like Onshape is starting off their blog. For those of you who dont know Onshape, it's a very "stealth" company that was funded by the original founders of Solidworks and others. They raised a sh!t load of money and have been working away now for a few years (too long). From the little public information that has been shared, I think their basic premise is - collaborative CAD. 

Good idea obviously but i feel they are now coming too late to the party. Collaborative CAD is an easy technical problem to solve (thanks WebGL), the hard part is changing conservative slow moving manufacturers to use a new CAD system, let alone changing their PLM. Good luck with that! Boeing uses Catia and i'd put money down that they dont change from Catia for the next 25 years! 


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Collaboration, Life of a 3D PDF in the AEC Industry

3D PDF Collaboration in the AEC Industry

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's so interesting that the 3D PDF format that my team at Right Hemisphere helped create and establish with Adobe, is now, years later making a resurgence.

While I was VP Engineering at Right Hemisphere we partnered up with Adobe to create this 3D PDF standard and add support to Adobe Acrobat.The technology was (and still is) pretty good, the key however is that PDF makes so much sense as a collaboration standard, all it was missing was 3D, so this is why we added it. 

Unfortunately since then Adobe seems to have near abandoned support for authoring the format. It's still a published Standard but Adobe hasn't added support to their iOS mobile viewer (which today is near essential). Thankfully however Techsoft3D has stepped up and is supporting it and providing a library for 3D PDF publishing.

In addition, there are other providers like Quadrispace and Tetra4D providing products to help create 3D PDFs.

Right Hemisphere in the meantime has been purchased by SAP and is now powering the SAP Visual Enterprise. They also have some excellent products that are well worth a review (which also publish high quality collaborative 3D PDFs).

If you'd like to find out more, ping me at  Jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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