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Engineering Matters Blog on Kubotek ECO Manager

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

Back in May I read a tweet from Chad Jackson, analyst from Lifecycle Insights.  Chad was at the Collaboration and Interoperability Congress watching a presentation featuring Kubotek's ECO Manager software.

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As he watched the presentation on managing change and the ECO Manager software, Chad Tweeted something like: "most CAD systems have the ability to do geometric comparison." And, in fact he is correct. It's possible to do geometric comparisons by overlaying geometry and taking screen caps and manually measuring differences, and manually creating reports etc.  And some (many?) CAD programs offer some CAD Comparison tools that may compare two models (of the same file format) and geometrically give you a very detailed report with a lot of data. But it takes a lot of manual (detective) work to make the comparison information usable for documenting change and making decisions. 

Chad's interest was peaked in our differencing technology and the ECO Manager, so we met and reviewed the ECO Manager software and its use cases with him. Chad has written a blog on the ECO Manager titled: Kubotek’s ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report?

After learning more about the ECO Manager, Chad recognizes the value in using Kubotek's ECO Manager in "a wide variety of scenarios across product development that can help save time and avoid downstream errors."  Chad has some great insights not only regarding the ECO Manager software but also had some revelations about Kubotek!

Please read the engineering-matters Blog on the ECO Manager software.

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Topics: CAD Comparison Software, ECO Manager Software, Kubotek ECO Manager, Analysis of ECO Manager software

What will Alibre CAD become?

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Or, What will become of Alibre?

For those of your who don't know - Alibre systems was in the news in 2010 for slashing its entry level history-based parametric CAD package to $99.
Alibre's professional and expert level packages were also dropped considerably to $599 and $1,199.

CAD user worried about 3DS Acquisition of Alibre

Two months ago they raised prices back up to $199, $999 and $1,999. (About at the same time that they partnered with 3D Systems.  I imagine this was in preparation of their acquisition, but who knows?  Prices increased previously also.

In an interview with the President of Alibre in Deelip Menezes Blog , who's company SYCODE is now also owned by 3D Systems, Deelip stated that, "Max Freeman tells me that the company has increased its customer base by tens of thousands during this period of slashed prices."

So as Alibre played ping-pong with their already low priced CAD, they found a potential suitor in 3D systems. 

I can fully understand that 3D systems would like a CAD system as part of their ever growing rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing empire. But I wonder why they chose a history-based parametric modeler?

It would seem a direct modeler would be the best choice; easy to use for the DIY/maker market, easy to import and edit any CAD format for the more sophisticated manufacturer.

Maybe they didn't really care about the flavor or CAD technology. They probably were most interested in the tens of thousands of potential new DIY'ers to sell their newly acquired maker-bot hobbyist put-it-together yourself rapid prototyping system. 

And as I read this morning in a blog post by SolidSmack . That this was the case.  When 3DS started bundling their low-end hobbyist 3D printers with Alibre, in May and June, sales of those low end printers, as Josh Mings put it, 3DS "sold the crap" out of those printers.

But where does that leave the professional and expert Alibre users?   Will the focus be on functionality for this low-end base of users who bought $99 CAD?  Or will it be on the $1,999 "expert" users?  This remains to be seen.

Alibre users and others- we welcome your comments...

Topics: Alibre, 3D systems, Alibre CAD, Alibre Acquisition