January was a big month for engineering software news. SolidWorks held its biggest-ever annual user group meeting (3,700 registered attendees) in Las Vegas, PTC had an analyst/press briefing in Waltham, MA, and Adobe made a big announcement. Here are my picks on the most noteworthy news:
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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