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More than DWG: Open Design Alliance is ready for its new role in the CAD market

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Oleg has been CEO at C3D Labs ever since its founding in 2012. The company specializes in the technology-intensive market of software components. Their C3D Toolkit incorporates all four modules critical to CAD – 3D modeling, constraint solving, visualization, and file conversion. Oleg’s 18 years of experience with CAD systems includes teaching CAD, and serving as the head of a product marketing department, and an innovation project leader at ASCON, the leading Russian CAD and PLM vendor.

At the beginning of the year, the Open Design Alliance announced an update of all of its industry-specific engineering software development platforms, along with the release of new products. Given its recent rebranding and active work with the expert community, the ODA is making it clear that it aims to change the balance of power.

At C3D Labs, we are aware that changes to the market can impact us. We are in the same field as the ODA in supplying technology components, and at the same time we are partners with them. We license our components to our customers, but our C3D Modeler geometric kernel is also available as an integration module for the ODA’s platform.

What are the chances that a new “old” player can shake up the mature market of development tools? Let’s have a look.

When you ask a CAD developer what the Open Design Alliance does, a likely response is, “Writing DWG converters.” And this is true. It is thanks to this service that the ODA established market recognition and gained more than a thousand member companies. What other suppliers of technological components can boast of such a following? Today, if you need product support for DWG and you don’t want — or can’t — go to Autodesk, then an ODA membership is the only solution.


2019 SWW Interview with Tim Fulton, CAM Manager at Hawk Ridge Systems

Friday, March 1st, 2019

I had the privilege of speaking with Tim Fulton, CAM Manager at Hawk Ridge Systems at the 2019 SOLIDWORKS World Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Tim mentioned that Hawk Ridge Systems is the largest SOLIDWORKS reseller in USA and Canada with over 210 people in 18 offices.

From design concept to production, their team of experts works with customers to understand their specific requirements. With their skilled set of engineering professionals trained in SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, Markforged & HP 3D Printers, Dassault Systèmes platforms and more, they can guide their customers through the entire design-to-manufacturing process. From software selection, to training and support, the team at Hawk Ridge Systems is there with their customers every step of the way.

Tim is very passionate about helping Hawk Ridge Systems’ customers and it comes through clearly in the video interview below.


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