2016. The Year of CAD?
by Roxanne Ebbers
If you’ve seen something cool on the internet recently, chances are CAD was involved. Whether it’s 3D Printing or design, 2016 has been a great year for CAD!
Needless to say, it’s a great time to be in the industry. The unemployment rate for engineers is 2.1%. That’s substantially lower than the rest of the workforce. The CAD software market (including SolidWorks) is also booming. In fact, with more than 5 million annual users, it’s expected to grow in to a $8.7 billion industry by 2017. Woah!
As an engineering and CAD recruiting company, M Force has seen first had just how many opportunities there are for engineers, designers and drafters. Every single day, there is a new advancement that pushes this technology to its bounds promises to improve business and lives.
According to the CAD blog 3DConnexion, there are a couple of trends that could take off this year.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to all of those internet connected devices that we can’t seem to live without! From fitness bands to thermostats and refrigerators, everything has the ability to connect to the internet. Companies, including SolidWorks have taken IoT into account when considering their software.
3D Printed Buildings
China unveiled the world’s first 3D printed building in 2015 and just this week (May, 2016), Dubai announced a 2,700 square foot 3D Printed office.
While established companies like SolidWorks continue to innovate, upstarts are beginning to gain some traction. Onshape, a cloud-based softwawre is one of the most excisting.
CAD has always been exciting, but this may be one of the best years yet!