Synchronous Technology looks like a big technology breakthrough for solid modeling. Being able to change a part at will -- without having to first understand how it was created -- will be like flying after being used to walking. I expect Synchronous Technology, or perhaps some variant of it, to reduce history-based modeling to a historic relic. We're going to realize that we all didn't go 3D because of history-based modeling, we went 3D in spite of it. So compelling is Synchronous Technology.
But I must take a deep breath before I promise a revolution. I have to remember Synchronous Technology is still only a technology, part of Solid Edge, part of UG. To get it, you have to buy one of those applications. That may be what Siemens PLM is banking on. But for the existing MCAD user, that is asking a lot. Changing religion might be easier.
It's hard to imagine an existing customer of SolidWorks or Pro/E volunteering to switch to Solid Edge, despite the advantage Synchronous Technology offers. CAD users are quite stubborn. While being able to edit or change a solid model is a clear advantage with Synchronous Technology, it may not compensate for the years of investment in their existing MCAD software. Who wants to go back to school to learn another application? How can you turn your back on the hundreds of legacy models already created?
After creating a compelling technology, Siemens PLM now needs to create a bridge to it.