jon-hirschtickThe Press at SWW08 got a special presentation from Jon Hirschtick, founder of SolidWorks and CEO up till 2001. He’s an MIT grad and should know a thing or two about CAD history and the future possibilities since, ya know, he’s been a large part of making it happen.

Jon is also a Keynote speaker at this years SolidWorks World. Who knows what he’ll be talking about, but if it’s anything like this presentation, it’s bound to be informative and entertaining.


  • Looking at CAD in the broadest possible sense… over the span of 50 years
  • Where it all started – good ol’ 1963
  • Early tech
  • The commercialization of CAD
  • Putting CAD on Windows
  • 5 top trends for the future of CAD

Sound interesting? take a look. A big thanks to Ben Eadie (SolidMentor) for getting this on video.

History of CAD from Ben Eadie on Vimeo.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.