'Can we develop things like CAD app stores?'

Jon Hirschtick, Jon Washington and Ben Gebhardt at DFM Summit #5 discussed what has held back adoption of CAD-based cost estimation tools like aPriori. Open API's and connections with online parts marketplaces like Proto Labs and Fabricating.com could make costing tools more useful. 'They are all just tools,' Solidworks founder Hirschtick concluded. 'You need to be a great engineer to use them.'

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