Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Synchronous Technology

Did I call it our what?

Siemens, in their much anticipated "webinar" announcement of their new technology, dubbed Synchronous Technology, is the epitome of Direct Editing functionality. Personally, it looks a lot like SpaceClaim, but with the same parametric tools as it always had to get the model initially created.

It's nothing new even though they claim it to be, but it is still exciting to see this technology come to the forefront with so much marketing momentum behind it. I also like the idea that the main-stream CAD packages are implementing this technology so the companies that already employ those solutions do not have to suffer the slings and arrows of a multi-cad environment. But what does this say for SpaceClaim's future? I've said it before (but not in this blog) and I'll say it again, Alibre would be wise to partner or acquire SpaceClaim before somebody else does. Within one version Alibre could also have the same type of "synchronous technology" in their solid modeler and continue to compete with the entrenched mid-range modelers. Having SpaceClaim technology also reduces the need for advanced surface features, something Alibre has stated they are not interested in pursuing but is much desired by users.

How long do you think it will take Solidworks to have their version of synchronous technology?

See the Siemens webcast here.

Granted, it doesn't say much specifically about SE therefore many of the specifics have not been answered. Perhaps the remaining bullet points of my rumors and ruminations for SE v21 may still come true.


  1. Scott, welcome to the world of blogging.

    You think Alibre should buy SpaceClaim? If Autodesk couldn't afford them yet, what makes you think that Alibre can?

    Too bad I missed you in Arizona. Maybe next time.

  2. Deelip,

    COFES is an annual event in Scottsdale. Put me on your calendar for next year.

    Alibre purchasing SpaceClaim would be the most beneficial situation because total acquisition allows for integration of the technology rather than just a bolt-on bandaid. Of course, SpaceClaim purchasing Alibre is equal as far as I'm concerned.

    But you are correct. The price tag for SpaceClaim just got another 0 added to it now that its technology is the "new" wave - something I think Mike Payne and all the rest knew from the start. (I had some good talks with the guys at SpaceClaim before they went public with their product.) Since SpaceClaim is too expensive, the only option is mutual partnership - an exclusive sharing of technology.

    Face it, both Alibre and SpaceClaim have some great niche features, but the only thing that keeps them in the game is their price point. Right now, an acquisition is really dependent on the players of the game. Will the venture capitalists supporting SpaceClaim stick it out to an IPO or perhaps sell to the right person to benefit the industry? Or, will they just sell out and take their cash?

    My gut instinct...
    SpaceClaim as a company doesn't have much to offer (or as a CAD package). SpaceClaim as a technology along with their resources (i.e. Mike, Danny, etc.) is priceless.

    Hypothetically speaking, if I were SpaceClaim I'd reorg into what was D-cubed - a third party software developer that licenses their technology kernel to other players. If I were a big CAD company that could afford SpaceClaim, I'd buy it and leave it as an independent agency to continue to develop this "layer" of technology that can be integrated into the core package, or licensed separately.