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Rob Spiegel
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Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/13/2013 8:36:23 AM
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Nice slide show, Cabe. I especially liked that super early version of CAD. It looks like the console of a 1950s movie spacecraft. It probably is.

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Re: Early, early CAD
Charles Murray   6/13/2013 7:23:33 PM
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I agree, Rob. It reminds of the 1949 prediction from Popular Science: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Actually, they were right.

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Re: Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/13/2013 9:35:24 PM
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Now that's a funny prediction. I just recently learned that the first programmable computers were developed by the military to break German wartime codes.

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Re: Early, early CAD
benmlee   6/14/2013 10:56:27 AM
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You slipped in that AutoCad Fusion 360 cloud computing with monthly payment is going to save money. Software rental has been a huge sore spot with photographers since Adobe Photoshop went monthly subscription this month. The fear is that other softwares will follow.

These powerful softwares are unlike a renting a car. It takes years to master a particular program, and know the best techniques for fast modeling. You will build a data base of standard parts. Designs are reused. With a small business, you are locked into a software. If is a monthly payment like cable TV, then once your are locked into a single supplier, fees goes up. For a professional, over time, you will be paying more.

 

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Re: Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 11:01:38 AM
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Good points, Benmlee. I've seen professionals get deeply locked into software. That's one of the software industry's big advantage. Strong competitors will often offer those who are trapped with a way out -- a similar system that is easy to transfer -- but not always.

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Re: Early, early CAD
Charles Murray   6/14/2013 3:38:20 PM
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Absolutely true about the wartime codes. Several books have been written about the codebreakers and I believe there was a show about it on the PBS.

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Re: Early, early CAD
Rob Spiegel   6/14/2013 4:02:21 PM
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Yep, Chuck. But over the years they apparently found some other uses for computers. At one point they tried to used computers to predict the weather. That was back when a good portion of Americans still lived on farms, and the weather was critical -- as opposed to annoying for city folks. Good as computers may be, they were weak in predicting the weather.

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Re: Early, early CAD
RMenon   6/14/2013 8:28:29 PM
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Rob, you are probably thinking of the Enigma machine used to decode the German encrypted messages.

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Re: Early, early CAD
mrdon   6/16/2013 5:50:41 PM
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Rob,

I agree. It seems the Evolution of CAD 2.0 is based on how designers and modelers are interacting with their designs using Gesture control devices as shown in the slides. I found zSpace, I believe, to be intriguing because of the holographic approach to design thru HMI. Imagine, being totally immersed in the development of a product through 3D visualization. Talk it about having total ownership in your work! Very nice article, Cabe.

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Re: Early, early CAD
mrdon   6/16/2013 5:57:28 PM
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Charles,

The PBS special was titled "Mind of a Codebreaker". Alan Turing along with mathematicians, crossword puzzle hobbyists, and other super intellects were the brain power behind the Bletchely Park Code Breaker organization. Here's a link to the Mind of a Codebreaker PBS website.

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/decoding/mind.html

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