CAD chronology

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Events

1992

Dassault Systems decides jointly with IBM to transfer the responsibility of CADAM to Dassault Systems of America, a company created in 1992 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Systems.
IBM agrees to acquire a minority interest in Dassault Systems. Since then, CATIA and CADAM are progressively unified by merging the best technological features of both systems.

1992

First version of Visio Technical, an entry-level 2D drawing program from Visio Corporation.

1992 AIA CAD Layering Guidelines, First Edition - The document turned out to be a best seller
1992 Tri-Service CADD/GIS Technology Center Established - Based on a defense review to consolidate diverging DOD efforts

1992

Autodesk ships 3D Studio version 2 for DOS.

1992 GESTEL introduced solidThinking for OpenStep, in 1992. In June 1993, solidThinking was awarded as the best new application in the "CAD and 3D" category at NeXTWORLD EXPO held in San Francisco.

1992

Autodesk ships AutoCAD Release 12 for DOS in June. Includes AutoCAD SQL Extension (ASE)/Autodesk SQL Interface (ASI) that lets you establish links between AutoCAD and an SQL database.
Advanced Modeling Extension (AME) release 2.1 is supported by Release 12, with region modeling and new solid primitives. AutoCAD Render is included with AutoCAD.
Release 12 uses ADI version 4.2.

1992

By the end of this year over 21,000 seats of Unigraphics worldwide installed.

1992 Inc. Magazine names Deneba Software as one of America's fastest growing companies. Deneba ArtWorks succeeds UltraPaint as entry-level graphics app of choice. Canvas for Windows is introduced at Comdex in Las Vegas. The Japanese version of Deneba ArtWorks ships. Deneba takes advantage of Canvas 3.0's advanced open architecture technology and introduces three add-on products for Canvas 3 in the form of "ToolPaks." Years later, an entire industry would be created around this concept.

1993

CAM specialist mbp UNC Software GmbH (Cologne) acquired by Unigraphics Solutions.

1993

Unigraphics introduces hybrid modeling, featuring both advanced parametric and traditional constructive modeling technologies.

Company becomes founding member of ProSTEP.

Opel chooses Unigraphics as strategic CAD/CAM/CAE system.

1993

CATIA-CADAM Solutions Version 4 is announced. It significantly improves product line, robustness, open architecture, performance and ease of use.
A new solutions approach repackages individual software products into ready-to-use, user-based configurations of related products.
The new CATIA software family enables a company to perform several operations concurrently, such as designing in three dimensions, creating engineering drawings, analyzing a product or assembly, viewing it as a rendered image and speeding up manufacturing processes.

1993 A committee of 16 institutions and companies and SoftSource defined and developed SVF (Simple Vector Format) considered the most efficient method to work with vector based drawing files on the Internet.

1993

EDS Corporation ships Unigraphics vers. 10 with the SpaceBall 3D positioning device.

1993 Autodesk acquires MicroEngineering Solutions

1993

Autodesk ships 3D Studio version 3 for DOS. Can be used to create sophisticated animation of AutoCAD drawings.

1993 Canvas 3.5 for Windows ships.
Canvas 3.5 for Macintosh ships.
Secret work on a complete rewrite of Canvas begins.

1993

John Hirschtick from Computervision founded a new CAD company called SolidWorks, Inc.

1993

The first AutoCAD (Release 12) for Windows platforms. It required 8 MB RAM and 34 MB Hard Drive space for complete installation.
The Windows version of AutoCAD includes 36 icons toolbox, allows multiple AutoCAD sessions, separate Render window, support for Windows GUI, DDE and OLE, as well as Drag-and-Drop and Bird's Eye view capabilities.
The AutoCAD main menu has been eliminated; After initial configuration, AutoCAD displays the graphics screen.
AutoCAD 12 for Windows was one of the most successful CAD programs ever.

1993

Autodesk delivers Design Expert, an Integrated Package of AutoCAD 12 and AutoSurf for SUN Sparc Station.

1993
In December CINEMA 4D version 1 is released for Amiga with a resounding success troughout Europe.

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