LEDAS Changes Leadership to Better Guide Future Development of CAD Technology

The official press-release says: Novosibirsk, Russia: February 1, 2011 – LEDAS Ltd., the independent provider of constraint-based design tools, component technologies, and software development services for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM market, today announced the appointment of Dmitry Ushakov as the new chief executive officer. Previously director of product management, Dr Ushakov replaces co-founder David Levin, who continues as chairman of the board, and will concentrate on extending and optimization the business of the LEDAS group of companies.

We have just published quite a long interview with Dmitry and me. The interview contains a lot of details explaining business and technologies of LEDAS. I give here two quotations.

From my words:
LEDAS has been known for quite some time as a company that attracts a lot of attention from industry leaders; as a company that provides unique services for engineering software development; as a company that increasingly sells geometric solvers to significant customers; and as a company that confidently develops and offers a very promising form of direct geometry editing. Despite all these points, the potential of LEDAS is perhaps 10 or 100 times more than what it has been until now. As the founder and primary shareholder, I am somewhat bored with being proud of the company’s potential and goodwill. I want to see it flourish financially.

From the words of Dmitry:
Today we have three directions for our business: (a) component technologies, (b) end user software products, and (c) software development services...
Our Variational Direct Modeling technology uses specific tools that express design intent: geometric and dimensional constraints, which users are not obliged to specify. The system recognizes them from "dumb" geometry automatically. This is the key difference between our approach and the direct modeling approach developed by other CAD companies, such as synchronous technology by Siemens PLM Software and the Inventor Fusion technology preview from Autodesk. We don’t even try to integrate direct modeling with the history tree; instead, we propose that users forget about the history tree, because they now have a more powerful tool with which to make changes to their 3D models.

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