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It’s Only a Tool

November 19, 2005

Filed under: CAD/CAM/CAE — Terry Wohlers @ 10:21

On October 17, 2005, SolidWorks distributed a press release titled “Deep sea diving world record set using breathing regulator designed with SolidWorks software.” Swedish diving equipment manufacturer Poseidon Diving Systems used SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software to develop the breathing regulator that helped set the world record for the deepest individual dive at more than 318.25 meters deep (1,044 feet), according to SolidWorks. My congratulations to South African diver Nuno Gomes who made the plunge in the Red Sea on June 10, as well as to those who were a part of the design of the regulator.

While the regulator design is an impressive achievement, does anyone really believe that if they had used Pro/E, Inventor, or some other CAD solid modeling software, they would not have come up with a similar design? Just as Microsoft Word does not make one a great writer, CAD software does not make one a great designer. It’s a tool. Nothing more, nothing less. (I don’t mean to pick on SolidWorks. Most of its competitors distribute similar types of press releases.)