Long-time I-DEAS user Ford Motor Company has switched its CAD platform to IBM/Dassault's CATIA. However, EDS, which owns I-DEAS as a result of its purchase of SDRC, disagrees. So what is it?
Apparently, Ford has decided to move to a multi-CAD approach. Not surprising, given that both Ford and SDRC have changed since they got together on I-DEAS several years ago. EDS, developer of Unigraphics CAD software got I-DEAS and Ford took over Volvo and Land Rover, both of which use CATIA. Moreover, EDS' Unigraphics is used extensively at Ford rival General Motors, and many industry insiders expect that Ford would not want to use the same software as a competitor. (Ford had not returned calls as of press time.) But nothing is simple. An EDS press release touted the fact that Ford will upgrade to its NX products. Stay tuned.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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