Yes folks, the CAD industry is alive and well with the raging pulse of an over-achieving band of gypsy circus performers.

You won’t see that description in the latest CAD Report from John Peddle Research though. What you will see, is a $5,000 price tag and words like renaissance, combined revenues, emerging economies and my favorite 3D.

What can you take away from the report, without dishing out the coin?

“The trend to 3D will continue but it’s important to note that not all of the 2D CAD users are going to make the transition to 3D. In many cases, the transition means a change of job description. Sometimes, the growth of 3D CAD is happening as professionals add CAD to their portfolio of tools. However, those 2D CAD users who do make the transition to 3D can expect to see increased job prestige and increased income.”

They also report a 20% increase of CAD users from 4.42 million in 2006 to 5.31 million in 2007. You all have been busy. It’s like a dang parasitic invasion of CAD proportions and it’s not slowin’ down. If you’ve bought the report, throw some interesting details our way in the comments.

Via DesignWorld


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