153: The Evolution of CAD Product Development Software

153: The Evolution of CAD Product Development Software

December 7, 2022

With Joe Dunne, Director of Partnerships at PTC

Hosted by Kevin Mako of MAKO Design + Invent

153: The Evolution of CAD Product Development Software
153: The Evolution of CAD Product Development Software

Joe Dunne is the Director of Partnerships at PTC, the firm behind Onshape and Creo. Before this, he worked for SolidWorks since the early days of the software starting with them back in 1995, and before that, a Mechanical Engineer. Today Joe is going to share some valuable knowledge for inventors, startups, and small manufacturers on how CAD software has evolved since the 1980s, what the best-in-class software is doing today, and how the software is evolving in real-time to best support getting new hardware products to market faster, cheaper, and better than ever.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • History of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software
  • 3d parametric modeling in the 1990s
  • Going to 3D was also a huge change due to the ability to start iterative design
  • Find guys that you want to hook your wagon to
  • Modern CAD software has evolved by becoming based in the cloud
  • The future of CAD is in the integrations, all allowable by being architected via the cloud hosting of the core software.
  • This allows for products to be developed more complete, faster, with less people, and all the way through to and including production.
  • Design software is now a community of integrated app builders to layer on top of core CAD design host technology
  • You have to get your product to market, and you have to test it.
  • There is a lot more flexibility in design options today than ever before.


Joe Dunne Links:
LinkedIn | Onshape

The Product Startup Podcast Links:
Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Pinterest | Twitter | YouTube

PTC Links:
OnShape | Creo

Mako Design Links:
YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

Kevin Mako Links:
Instagram | LinkedIn | Quora | Facebook | Twitter

Partner: PTC’s best-in-class software solutions Onshape: The only cloud-native product development platform that delivers full-featured computer-aided design (CAD), integrated product data management (PDM) and enterprise analytics in a single system, and Creo: 3D CAD solution that provides designers with the most innovative tools to build better products faster, such as generative design, additive manufacturing, real-time simulation, IIoT, and augmented reality.

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!