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Engineering Bugaboo: Software Interoperability
Posted Mon February 13, 2006 @08:48AM
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News Karen Auguston Field from Design News has posted an article on CAD software interoperability stating that most design engineers use 3 or 4 different CAD tools in a given month. Of course CAE users are familiar with this problem with analysis geometry routinely provided in a variety of formats.

A troubling statistic from the survey quoted in the article is that:

the survey revealed low adoption rates of industry standard formats like STEP and IGES. Though these neutral formats were created specifically to facilitate the exchange of disparate CAD models, only 19 percent of the respondents reported using either of them.

As a result, the engineers surveyed had developed their own solutions for dealing with the problem which includes exchanging PDF files and rapid prototypes rather than CAD models.

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