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Developer(s)Siemens Digital Industries Software
Stable release
I-DEAS NX 12 m3
Operating systemUnix / Windows
TypeCAD CAE software
Websitewww.plm.automation.siemens.com/de_de/ Edit this on Wikidata

I-DEAS (Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis Software), a computer-aided design software package. It was originally produced by SDRC in 1982.[1] I-DEAS was used primarily in the automotive industry,[1] most notably by Ford Motor Company (who standardized on the program[2]) and by General Motors.[1] SDRC was bought in 2001 by its competitor, Electronic Data Systems, which had also acquired UGS Corp. (maker of Unigraphics).[1] EDS merged these two products into NX.[3] UGS was purchased by Siemens AG in May 2007, and was renamed Siemens PLM Software, now known as Siemens Digital Industries Software.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Carlson, Wayne (2007). "CAD/CAM/CADD/CAE software defines a new field". A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ National Research Council (1999). "Current Practices". Advanced Engineering Environments: Achieving the Vision, Phase 1. National Academies Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-309-06541-2.
  3. ^ "Unigraphics today". The Unigraphics Virtual Museum. PLM World.