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A new report from DesignTalks, the online community for designers and manufacturers, suggests UK designers are among the leaders in Europe in embracing 3D software solutions. The DesignTalks 2008 CAD usage report contains both a detailed breakdown of an online survey conducted earlier this year and independent comment from industry analysts. The report reveal both enthusiasm and commitment for 3D CAD software in the UK, and underlines the kind of real benefits that designers, engineers and manufacturers are deriving from the latest generation of design software applications.

Central to the DesignTalks 2008 CAD usage report were the results of an online survey carried out in the summer. A total of 743 design and manufacturing professionals completed the survey, which featured questions designed to provide a clear picture of the use and influence of modern CAD-based technology in the UK. More than 70 percent of those who took part were 3D users, citing design re-use and job satisfaction as key factors in the decision to work in 3D.

“What came through clearly was not just a general enthusiasm for 3D software – the kind of reaction you’d expect to shiny new software – but a genuine appreciation of the benefits that working in 3D can bring,” says DesignTalks director Ben Bush. “We saw a significant proportion engaging in CAE, and more than 70 percent of 3D users agreed that their CAD software specifically contributed to their job satisfaction. This suggests both specific and general benefits are being witnessed as a direct result of moving to 3D.”

DesignTalks, which is backed by SolidWorks but independently hosted and managed, is an online community of UK designers, engineers and manufacturing professionals. With more than 1,800 registered members, DesignTalks aims to foster closer links between peers in the UK design and manufacturing industry, providing a forum for debate, regular best-practice commentary and advice and a central resource of specially commissioned research.

The DesignTalks 2008 CAD usage report is available as a free download for all registered members. DesignTalks registration is free.


About DesignTalks
DesignTalks ( is the ideal place for UK designers and manufacturers to debate the hottest topics of the moment. As well as providing an online debating environment DesignTalks also produces whitepapers and other resources designed to help manufacturers get the best from design.

DesignTalks is presented by SolidWorks UK, provider of intuitive 3D CAD tools. SolidWorks is committed to supporting UK designers and manufacturers with fresh thinking and useful resources, and DesignTalks is the latest demonstration of that commitment.

DesignTalks is independently edited, hosted and managed by The Crocodile (

For further information please contact:

Ben Bush
The Crocodile
+44 (0)20 7749 4400

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