A few days ago, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot posted a blog, reiterating yet again that, no, they’re not going to mess with the SolidWorks program that so many people count on. Just as since it was first written, it will continue to use Parasolid as its geometric modeling kernel.
While I think it’s healthy for SolidWorks to periodically remind its customers that it still loves them, in this case, the message was made a little bit more urgent, as Dassault Systemes head Bernard Charles had been a bit overly enthusiastic at a customer meeting last year, and made a statement that pretty much sounded like DS was going to ditch Parasolid. OK — it was more than “pretty much.”
So, record set straight: SolidWorks Mechanical CAD (the name they’re now using for the existing SolidWorks product) will continue to use the Parasolid kernel. There is no plan to change the kernel. They will continue to develop and improve SolidWorks Mechanical CAD, and have no end-of-life plan for it. They’re not going to do anything to alienate their largest customer base.
That is all.
We now return you to your previously scheduled programming.