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Users of mechanical CAE to top 48,000 by 1989.

The number of users of mechanical computer-aided engineering (CAE) products in the US is expected to total over 48,000 by 1989, but the number of installed workstations will grow at a slower rate, according to the International Data Crop (IDC), Framingham, M.A. Reason for the difference: sharing of workstations by engineers.

IDC makes this and other forecasts in their new report, Use of CAE in Mechanical DEsign. The company estimates the number of installed mechanical CAE workstations at 3800 in 1984. The total is expected to reach 21,700 in 1989.

At the same time, sales of mechanical CAE software, workstations, and support hardware are predicted to multiply by almost 800 percent over the $87-million figure for 1984. IDC sees sales reaching $685 million in 1989

Demand for software for mechanical computer-aided design (CADe alone is predicted to reach almost $300 million by 1989--up more than six times over the $49-million mark of 1984

The report details the makeup of the CAE market for mechanical design, and identifies 63 suppliers selling 144 major software packages.

The report also points out that the mix of CAE software applications will shift from traditional batch-processed, finite element analysis by engineering analysts, to interactive solids and fine element modeling and analysis by product design engineers at their own desktop terminals.

For information on ordering a copy of the report, contact Dorothy Ferriter of International Data Corp, Five Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Her phone number is 617/872-8200.
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Title Annotation:computer-aided engineering
Publication:Tooling & Production
Date:Sep 1, 1985
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