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specktech  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:09:05 AM(UTC)
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I'am so curious about the history of this program. I have read as much as I can find, But I want to know the complete history of this software. Everyday I use ViaCad it just amazes me what it can do. Many times I can't quite figure out something. With a little searching and reading I find the answer quite quickly. I am just in awe of the accuracy I see in ViaCAD. I'am really curious about when it was Ashlar Vellum. I have found some amazing step by step picture tutorial's on their old webpages. How long was it Ashlar Vellum? Do any large company's use this software? Wonder how many users worldwide? Super curious about that Darcorp aeropack add on for Shark. I read Bill Rutan used it to make some of his planes. I can't tell you how many times I model something in ViaCad and just sit there saying Wow! I also wish ViaCAD had the enthusiasm and interest that Moi3D and Blender does.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:34:35 PM(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:36:54 PM(UTC)
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The first commercial release was as CADD Pro (build 100) by CADSoft Solutions in 1994. This was heavily influenced by some work we did in the 80’s at Lockheed creating an integrated CAD/CAE system used for conceptual design of F16 advanced derivatives, F22, F35, NASP, A-12/etc called ACAD.

I really liked the Drafting Assistant by Dr Martin Newell, licensed the patent (patent was later declared invalid), and integrated it into CADD Pro. I extended the implementation to work with 3D curves, surfaces, and solids which attracted the attention of Ashlar. I created a rebrand of CADD Pro which Ashlar then sold as Vellum Solids. I terminated the contract after the second term but still retained the original rights to create the Concepts Unlimited brand of products.

Shortly after we released Concepts Unlimited, I did another rebrand of that product for Bob Mayer and IMSI as TurboCAD Mac. We also did rebrands for AeroCADD, Aeropack, and the PinDot Design system.

>> Rutan used it to make some of his plane

Burt was familiar with my work at Lockheed through some his classified work for Scaled Composites. I spent some time with his team training them how to use AeroPack which they used for preliminary design. They used CATIA for production work. Burt did all the concept work using Shark, you can see used in the Discovery documentary showing his initial designs for SpaceShip One.

>> that Darcorp aeropack add on for Shark.
Lockheed was a big sponsor of AIAA student design competitions. Dr Jan Roskum (founder of DARCorp) student teams from the University Kansas always did well. One year they won and instead of prize money elected to create a student CAD/CAE lab with 10 seats of ACAD. They used ACAD and AAA in their lab to teach aerospace engineering students how to design and analyze aircraft. When I left Lockheed, Darcorp gave us a contract to create AeroPack which has some tools specific for aircraft design and better integrated with AAA.

Later, I sold the company to Punch Software, who was then acquired by Encore Software. Encore Software was a division of Navarre, who made a really bad inventory buy of fit bit watches. It was a huge inventory that did not sell and ultimately lead to them to filing bankruptcy and selling of the assets. IMSI then bought the Encore asset in bankruptcy proceedings which is where the products now stand at build 1610:)

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:07:29 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tim Olson Go to Quoted Post
The first commercial release was as CADD Pro (build 100) by CADSoft Solutions in 1994. ..... build 1610:)


All the Caddinosaurs on Mac disappeared : ClarisCad, CadKey, MacBravo (at least the ones that I used).

Only the Shark survived, with sharp teeth.

Thanks to Tim !
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:30:42 AM(UTC)
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Thanks jlm, but: "Only the Shark survived, with sharp teeth"....do you mean the "old beast" or completely rejuvenated and being fit for the next and splendid decade to come...?
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#6 Posted : Thursday, December 8, 2022 1:10:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: jlm Go to Quoted Post
All the Caddinosaurs on Mac disappeared : ClarisCad, CadKey, MacBravo ...


*shl*rs Graphite (former Vellum) is still avail.
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#7 Posted : Friday, December 9, 2022 8:59:54 AM(UTC)
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#8 Posted : Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:10:21 AM(UTC)
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Thank you so much Tim, I really enjoyed reading the history of this software. Everyday I figure out some little trick that makes the program even more amazing. I always go back to your videos, and the tips and tricks guide. And find some little trick to take it farther. Thank you so much. p.s. Wonder if you could ever make any more tutorials of the advanced surface modeling tools and techniques. Thanks again Tim. "Thanks for that history timeline Posh de"

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#9 Posted : Saturday, February 25, 2023 7:16:23 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: posh.de Go to Quoted Post

https://www.posh.de/wcms/produkte/sharkcad/historie/ wrote:
TurboCAD Mac and TurboCAD 2D/3D
This confused me, because only the Turbo CAD Mac is the same Code-Stream like SharkCAD and not TurboCAD 2D/3D.

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