China is well-known for developing its own technology, such as its own cell phone system, Linux-based operating system, and space program. It does not want to rely on foreigners (primarily Americans, since they develop most of today's technology); the cost, however is that China becomes incompatible with the rest of the world.
It seems that the Russian government is thinking the same as China. Today, David Levin reports Russia awarded $22 million to STANKIN Moscow State Technology University to develop a new MCAD modeling kernel (ht: @DeelipMenezes).
There are a few puzzlements in this announcement:
- The ceo of STANKIN's engineering center is also ceo of Top Systems, whose T-FLEX MCAD system uses Parasolids.
"Parasolid is indicated 'as a functional prototype' for the project," writes Mr Levin in his blog at http://levindavid.blogspot.com/2011/12/russia-invests-690-000-000-rubles-into.html. I wonder if it will use JT as its neutral data exchange format -- or will they have their own made-in-Russia format?
- Russia is already home to a locally-developed MCAD kernel, the one found in KOMPAS-3D from ASCON Group, the arch-competitor of Top Systems.
Will Top Systems switch its T-FLEX software to the new kernel, after STANKIN develops it? If so, this would save the company some 25% on the licensing fees it pays to Simens PLM Systems. Problem is, writing a 3D modeling kernel is a long, hard job. And having their own kernel could further isolate Russian MCAD vendors.
Here is the source article translated into English.