Industry leaders gathered and addressed pressing issues and future
opportunities of CAD/CAM at a panel discussion on Tuesday at the National
Moderated by Stephen Wolfe of CAD/CAM Publishing (www.cadcamnet.com), the panel-consisted of
Charles Grindstaff of UGS PLM Solutions (www.ugsplm.com),
Mike Campbell of PTC (www.ptc.com), Ken Hoadley of Sensable Technologies
(www.sensable.com), Robert Kross of
Autodesk (www.autodesk.com), and John McEleney of SolidWorks
(www.solidworks.com) --shared their
insights and experience with the 100-plus attendees in areas such as how to
facilitate changes in CAD.
"First, reduce the ways people can create things, make it flexible and reduce
command sets," said McEleney, adding that sufficient training must be provided
and that both local and global changes must be made possible.
In terms of data exchange, which Campbell called "one of the biggest problems
in the industry," Campbell said vendors must work together to enhance
interoperability. Hoadley added that companies could also try to achieve
But Kross disagreed. "We're an industry of competitors," he said. "There's
Kross suggested that vendors could try open-published formats. McEleney added
that industry standards should better be driven by market forces as the industry
consolidates so that they would be a long-term healthy and natural solution.
The panel also addressed the issue of easier CAD uses. Kross said "much more
embedded intelligence in objects" could be the answer.
Wolfe added that training and education must also be considered.
"Universities are good at teaching the principles," Campbell said. But
vendors have the responsibility to ensure tool proficiency among the users, he