April 2000

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: What's driving CAD/CAM, CAE growth?

Plant and product design technology analysts at Daratech (Cambridge, Massachusetts) forecast that worldwide user spending for mechanical CAD/CAM, CAE software and services will top $6.6 billion in 200..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Plant and product design technology analysts at Daratech (Cambridge, Massachusetts) forecast that worldwide user spending for mechanical CAD/CAM, CAE software and services will top $6.6 billion in 2000. That's a 16.4% growth compared to 1999. However, in a recent study, Daratech acknowledges one "genuine impediment to sales growth." It's a phenomenon among users that the researchers term "feature fatigue." Users are generally very receptive to new products that can be shown to offer substantial benefits. But, they have become increasingly skeptical of new releases that afford only incremental improvements. "What engineering and manufacturing concerns are seeking above all e

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