Most companies use CAD models to develop products. A number of companies are using simulation software to figure out how to best arrange their manufacturing resources, such as people and equipment. Rakesh Mahajan thinks that a real competitive advantage will be found by companies that do the best job of defining and refining their processes.
The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.
Shifting alliances, the continued encapsulation of engineering expertise, and the drive to reduce the complexity of today's computer-aided design (CAD) systems are just some of the latest milestones on the path toward solids modeling becoming the de facto design engineering tool.