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What happened in CAD market during 2012

  Jan 12, 2013

It’s 2013 now(Finally!). Let’s see what happened in CAD market during 2012.

Hardware Issues

We all know that CAD/CAM hardware and software go hand in hand. And fortunately, as expected, the majority of CAD/CAM users do their work on powerful workstations. And as you may know, most most of CAD users worked on multiple machines, desktops and laptops. Users are forced to upgrade their machines because their primary CAD software is updated, which, if you haven’t figured out by now, is also a great reason to upgrade your hardware. Other options would be:

  • Purchasing dual monitors;
  • Purchasing larger monitors;
  • Upgrading video capabilities;
  • Replacing hard drives with solid-state drives;

In my experience, SSD is very good hardware investment in my 2012.

CAD Software

The CAD market, one of the largest and most established software markets is dynamic and growing in new directions.The CAD Market was worth approximately $5 billion in 2009. It reached $6.4 in 2010 and $7 billion in 2011.Worldwide all markets slowed down during the economic recession of 2008-2009 but the engines are starting up again. Asia and India barely slowed and new markets are joining them including Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

New platforms and new distribution models will lead the market. CAD has long been a high-value product and CAD companies have jealously protected their high margins. The new opportunities opened up by cloud computing, apps, and tablets give CAD companies an opening to “have it all,” high volume, low cost consumer-ish apps along with new ways to offer boutique services to valued subscription customers.