Unless you have been orbiting Pluto for the last few months, you heard how wonderful synchronous technology (ST) is and how if will revolutionize solid modeling. The buzz is the loudest I have ever heard. While some of the credit must go to the marketing staff at Siemens PLM for conducting a brilliant PR campaign, there seems to be more to it.
Is ST really that good?
Joining in the praise of synchronous technology have been an unusually high number of CAD insiders: analysts, editors and authors. Most surprising has been the reaction among users of rival MCAD software, who typically only get interested in other software to bash it. News of ST has lit up the SolidWorks blogs. While not openly praising ST, there was an unmistakable envy among the bloggers. Why can't we do that, they seem to ask.
Caution at accepting vendor claims seems prudent, as many revolutions are promised but few are delivered. Certainly, CAD was one such revolution, So was 3D, and parametric.
Maybe I'm the last hold out. But I'm trying to get my hands on the software to see for myself. Siemens has agreed, providing that I take a one day training class at their Huntsville, Alabama office where most to the Solid Edge team still reside.
Stay tuned for a hands-on report.