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October 12, 2012



Strange, for many years we tolerated US'centric CAD software. Still strike the occasional old dwg file drawn in (1 unit=1mm) "Metric" with "Imperial" settings for linetypes etc.

Ralph Grabowski

If you are flying from northern Europe to California, then the country down upon which you were gazing most likely was CANADA.

Rande Robinson

You may be on to something with the made in America stuff but I think with CADD software it is more a matter of inertia and a pure resistance to change. Solidworks had the advantage of addressing a market that AutoDesk initially didn't care about. Now with the generational changes that will be occurring over the next 40 years who knows. A software company can literally be here today gone tomorrow.

New CADD products always face two big problems (regardless of price features etc.) One is that DATA is king. Even if the new product reads your existing data flawlessly no one will trust it to read everything. The second is that unless it is a 100% better than what I already have why change? While this is a great philosophy for a marriage it is really tough on software vendors.

One last issue is institutional support. Most companies really can care less what software they run as long as it does the job and the users use it. Unless there is a great ground swell of support for a change among the users directed at the management no IT or engineering shop has any reason to change.

Geoff Briggs

Do tell on the dazzling little known program you refer to in the second paragraph. Some of us are more interested in excellence than culture or origin. Thanks.


Your post sounds so condescending to non-American companies, but at its heart are some core truths.

I've been working with European engineering software for a few years now, and, while it is very well designed for what it purpose is, the amount of time and effort we've had to spend adapting it to North American standards is ridiculous. In my experience, software designed in the U.S. is adaptable fairly easily to overseas markets, but bringing software the other way always seems to have problems.

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