Huntsville, Alabama will not live up to your expectations of the deep South. Everyone is from somewhere else. I have yet to hear a drawl. I am told Huntsville has the highest concentration of PhDs and the second biggest number of supercomputers in the US. It's also supposed to be quite the little hotspot. I wouldn't know. I've spent the whole day immersed in synchronous technolgoy at the Solid Edge "headquarters" inside a a vast industrial park ("2nd biggest in the US").
It was great to finally spend all day with the software I had read so much about. Also, being able to ask questions of Siemens PLM directly was much appreciated. My goal was to learn if synchronous technology was more than hype. Was it the revolution many were claiming? I had been shown many demos, but it's too easy to dazzle with hand picked simple parts. How would synchronous technology behave on more complex geometry? I had bought several "real world" models with me to test.
But first I had to sit through some marketing presentations (which I had already seen) and then undergo basic training (which I probably needed). Precious little time was left for testing my samples. I was given a demo of Solid Edge with synchronous technology. I'll hope for a rainy day to run my samples.
So my conclusions at the end of the day are short of an unequivocal thumbs up or thumbs down for synchronous technology. But the following seems clear:
- Synchronous technology does indeed look like a valuable tool, based upon the demos I've seen, what I've read, and now the little hands on experience I've had.
- The advantage of editing a solid model without the encumbrance of history is undeniable.
I'm sure synchronous technology will be embraced by the existing Solid Edge user base.
As a reader points out in previous comments, users can be resistant to change. But I think just changing one part may be all the convincing they will need to believe in synchronous technology.