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.