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2010 CAD Society Awards announced

By DE staff   


PTC, SolidWorks, SpaceClaim co-founder recognized as CAD software pioneer.

Michael Payne

The CAD Society announced that Michael Payne won this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Payne co-founded Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC) in 1985 where he was VP of Development. He then moved on co-found SolidWorks in 1994 as executive vice president of R&D, and then served as CTO for Dassault Systemes in 1999. In 2005, Payne moved to SpaceClaim as CEO and a co-founder and is currently Chairman of the Company’s Board.


According to the Society, companies Payne helped found each delivered paradigm shifts in the industry and delivered greater power and more affordable technologies to engineers.

In addition to Payne, the CAD Society also announced Roopinder Tara as the winner of the 2010 CAD Society Joe Greco Community Award, for his achievements as a pioneer of online CAD resources and communities and his philanthropic work for the entire CAD industry across the last 11 years. was founded in 1999, and was one of the first independent CAD sites. The operation grew across the years to deliver seven web sites that deliver CAD shareware, free CAD downloads, CAD product sales, CAD employment listings as well as several newsletters. Roopinder had previously worked for IMSI heading the TurboCAD division, as a CAD instructor and as head of a CAD engineering department.

Last but not least, Ping Fu, CEO and president of Geomagic, won the Society’s 2009 Leadership Award. Ping Fu co-founded Geomagic and has led its growth from start-up to worldwide leader in 3D scan processing software. Companies using Geomagic software to accelerate reverse engineering and quality inspection include Ford, Harley Davidson, Richard Childress Racing, Timberland, Fisher Price, Pratt & Whitney, NASA, Alcoa Howmet, Danaher and Invisalign.

Under Fu’s leadership, Geomagic has earned six patents for streamlining the process of transforming 3D scan data into high-quality parametric CAD models.  Most recently, Geomagic pioneered design-intent modeling, which speeds product development by structuring scan data and extracting key engineering features that are required for creating parametric models.  The company is also the first to provide direct parametric exchange of models for five leading CAD packages (Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks).


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