CAD chronology

before 1970
1970-1980

1980-1989
1990-1991
1992-1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

1990-1991

Year

Events

1990

ACIS 1.0 ships

1990

Bentley Systems announces that the installed base of MicroStation reaches 100,000.
MicroStation expands to range of products

1990

McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) chooses Unigraphics as the corporate standard for mechanical CAD/CAM/CAE

1990

Autodesk ships Animator Pro, a 2D painting and animation program for DOS.
By 1993 over 15,000 copies have been sold worldwide.

1990

Visionary Design Systems Inc. is founded as an industry pioneer in solid modeling technology.

1990

Visio Corporation is founded and start producing graphics and drawings software.

1990

Autodesk ships in October AutoCAD Release 11 with network support features which allow the installation of a single copy of AutoCAD on a network server. Release 11 comes with the largest list of enhancements to date. Paper Space is used for the first time.
ADS was added for use on most platforms. ADI (Autodesk Device Interface) version 4.1 was provided primarily to facilitate optimal usage of display drivers when using Paper Space facility.

1990

Auto Shade version 2 from Autodesk is an add-on for AutoCAD 11 that allowed to shade 3D models produced with AME. Autodesk Renderman was an addition for AutoCAD 12.

1990 Intergraph was ranked No. 1 supplier of computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) systems in North America and No. 2 in the world

1990

By the end of this year, Autodesk has sold 500,000 copies of AutoCAD, 300,000 copies of Generic CAD and 200,000 copies of Auto Sketch.
At the time the three products were the world's top three best selling CAD programs.

1990

AutoCAD has won since 1990, "The Best CAD Product" awards from Byte magazine every year for the next 8 years. (Byte magazine started its award in 1990).

1991

Since 1991, Microsoft developed Open GL for use with Windows NT. Open GL is an API procedural software interface for producing 3D graphics and includes approximate 120 commands to draw various primitives such as points, lines, and polygons.
Also includes support for shading, texture mapping, anti-aliasing, lighting and animation, atmospheric effects such as fogging and simulation of depth-of-field.
Open GL, developed by Silicon Graphics, is a standard for the 3D color graphics programming and rendering.

1991

GE Aircraft Engine and GE Power Generation select Unigraphics as their CAD/CAM system

1991 The Delta company, the developer of DUCT, was renamed Delcam International and changed it's status to plc (Public Limited Company).

1991

EDS acquires the Unigraphics Division, renames the company Unigraphics Solutions UG/MX for CADAM to UG migration developed in strategic initiative with Fujitsu

1991 The first Japanese version of UltraPaint ships. Canvas 3.0 is released concurrently with Apple's System 7 and takes the industry by storm. The long list of industry firsts include: support for all System 7 technologies including QuickTime, next-generation open architecture, font conversion to Bezier curves, object combinations, text on a curve, advanced typographic features, SmartMouse, SmartLines, vector gradients and much more. This quickly leads to numerous industry awards including Best Drawing program (MacUser) and Best Illustration Program (MacWeek). Canvas 3.0 goes international in a big way with the introduction of Japanese, Swedish, French, German, Italian and Spanish versions.

1991

Varimetrix Corporation ships first version of its Varimetrix CAD/CAM product.

1991

The first move of Autodesk to enter in architectural market with ArcCAD

1991

Computervision acquires Promise. Inc.

1991

Varimetrix develops a true hybrid geometric modeler and CAD system.

1991

The first AutoCAD for SUN platforms.

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