CAD Interoperability Expands In Manufacturing Sector

Mix of software solutions can be more closely integrated.

Two major software companies, Autodesk, Inc of. San Rafael, Calif. and PTC of Needham, Mass. announced a technology exchange agreement with the goal of allowing companies with multii-CAD environments to increase software interoperability. The two companies will offer "out-of-the-box" integreations" between their solutions and a manufacturers' legacy solutions according to a statement.

"Interoperability continues to be a major challenge in manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, high technology and industrial machinery," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, vice president of manufacturing solutions at Autodesk ."We understand that our customers use a mix of products in their workflow and providing them with the flexibility they need to get their jobs done is our priority."

This agreement enables PTC to leverage Autodesk's RealDWG software development toolkit so that PTC's solutions will be interoperable with Autodesk Inventor 3D software for the manufacturing industry, according to a statement from the companies. Similarly, Autodesk can utilize PTC's GRANITE 3D modeling and interoperability kernel to provide enhanced integration with Pro/ENGINEER, PTC's integrated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software.

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