We've been talking a lot about 3D Direct Modeling over the last year because frankly, its time to throwaway the history.
The history based modelers are stuck in the history paradigm, and frankly again, that's good for companies that truly are 3D Direct Modelers. The history based parametric modelers are adding some direct editing capabilities, but then programming it back into the history tree. Why? Because their underlying platform is history-based and they can't rewrite their entire modeler to be history-free.
So, once you've decided that you want the Freedom, flexibility and precision that you get with your history-free direct modeler, then you need to think about the strengths and weaknesses of the direct modelers available.
Kubotek's KeyCreator 3D Direct Modeler is a hybrid Modeler. That means that you can work in any and all of its modes simultaneously: 2D/3D wireframe, solid, or surface. You can mix and match as your are developing or editing your model. This gives you the maximum freedom and simplicity to develop your model in the best way for you. Joe Brower is the CEO of Tech-Net Inc. He has been in the industry forever (more than 44 years!). He models in both history-based and history-free modelers. He calls KeyCreator "The King of Hybrid Modeling." Tech-Net sells a variety of CAD systems. Here is a short blog Joe wrote called Lost in Translation.
Joe talks about the benefits of a manufacturing shop in the aerospace supply chain using KeyCreator, both because of its ability to read all of the popular CAD formats, but also it's ability to easily edit these models in order to prepare them for manufacturing.
As you complete your planning for 2010. I hope you will consider whether your PLM/CAD strategy includes the use of a History-Free 3D Direct Modeler. Maybe the King of Hybrid Modeling is a tool worth adding to your tool arsenal for 2010?
Thank you for reading,