Research and consulting firm CIMdata predicts that engineers will be increasing their use of PDm (product-definition management) software and services 25% over the next three years. The total market for PDm alone will be about $118 by 2006, according to CIMdata. Part of the larger PLM (product lifecycle management) category of engineering applications, PDm encompasses collaboration tools and the general sharing of product information. All the major CAD developers offer such tools.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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