Is Siemens D-Cubed in MSC’s Secret Product?
John Hayes posted on June 05, 2013 |

Evan Yares wrote recently about the secretive launch of a new product by MSC.  About two months before that, last March, Siemens announced that MSC had licensed their D Cubed 2D and 3D DCM (Dimensional Constraint Manager).  It looks like these two events are connected.

The Siemens press release was vague regarding how MSC was planning to use D Cubed.  Ken Welch, Vice President Strategy & Product Management at MSC only said, "We are working on fundamentally redefining how CAE will be done going forward and we intend for D-Cubed software components to be part of this important effort,” 

3dcadworld printed, “MSC introduced new game changer technology today at their 50th Anniversary User Conference in the U.S. There was no public announcement made as it is MSC’s desire to demonstrate the technologies to their customers and solicit feedback at the 20 user conferences around the world over the next few months before any public announcements. ”

When I asked Siemens why new customers like MSC are using D Cubed, I got this response from Jim Thorpe of Business Development for D-Cubed Components at Siemens PLM Software, “Activity amongst the CAE vendors has been incredibly strong over the past couple of years. Note, these companies are generally not wishing to compete on CAD functionality with the mainstream CAD vendors, but they are looking to offer their customers a tightly integrated capability to work on the types of models that are relevant to their CAM or CAE applications.”

If CAD isn’t the core functionality of the new MSC product, it makes sense that MSC would license D Cubed technology to speed their development process.

The trend towards the commoditization of CAD functionality appears to be leading a number of vendors to license D Cubed software.  Siemens points out that D Cubed is finding its way into new and soon-to-be-released products from AVL, Bentley, COMSOL, Gstarsoft, Mubitek and Vectorworks in addition to MSC. 

According to Jim Thorpe, this trend is driven by the competitive landscape that forces vendors to replace or upgrade their existing geometric constraint solvers or to introduce parametric design capability.  He added, “Building new CAD, CAM and CAE applications, and related niche applications, using software components is the norm these days, as the savings in time and money, and reduction of risk are considerable.”

It seems that even “game changer” technologies like MSC’s will have to work seamlessly with historic CAD models.  

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