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Help us Celebrate DE’s 15th Anniversary

Cover of Desktop Engineering's debut issue, Vol 1, Issue 1, Sep-Oct 1995.

Cover of Desktop Engineering's debut issue, Vol 1, Issue 1, Sep-Oct 1995.

A rough time line of technology milestones at the birth of DE.

A rough time line of technology milestones at the birth of DE.

1995: It was the year immediately following the debut of Netscape, transforming web surfing into a whole new experience. It also marked the launch of DVD as new media; the birth of Yahoo! and eBay; and the passing of The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. If you’re a sci-fi movie buff, you might remember that, in the fictional time line of James Cameron’s Terminator movies, it was the year Skynet sent the robot assassin T-1000 to kill the human resistance leader John Connor.

At the time, Pro/ENGINEER was in Release 15, Siemens PLM Software was still known as UGS, SolidWorks was getting ready to ship its first release, and the memorable AutoCAD R14 was still two years away.

At the end of August, just as Windows 95 (codenamed Chicago) hit the store shelves, the premiere issue of Desktop Engineering (DE) went off to press. Cover lines for Volume 1, Issue 1 read:

  • Your Changing Desktop: Micros have forever changed engineering, but the big changes have just begun.
  • Build a Virtual Oscilloscope with Labwindows/CVI 3.1
  • Designing Whitewater Rafts using CadKey

This year, DE turns 15. We’re planning to take a look back as we forge ahead. Please help us celebrate by telling us what you remember about the past 15 years. Help us decide what to highlight in the anniversary issue by taking a survey about technology milestones here.

I’m also curious to know what you think the headlines might be in the next 15 years. What stories and product reviews do you think DE will be featuring on its cover in the Christmas 2025 issue? With our art director’s help, perhaps we’ll create a digital mockup of that cover.

Share your memories by either leaving comments here or by participating in the DE Anniversary Discussion at DE Exchange. If you dare, you may also upload images, either of yourself or of your CAD design circa 1995.

So do you remember where you were in 1995?

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About Kenneth

Kenneth Wong has been a regular contributor to the CAD industry press since 2000, first an an editor, later as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications. During his nine-year tenure, he has closely followed the migration from 2D to 3D, the growth of PLM (product lifecycle management), and the impact of globalization on manufacturing. His writings have appeared in Cadalyst, Computer Graphics World, and Manufacturing Business Technology, among others.


  1. One article:

    It would be interesting to look at where those companies are now, 15 years later, that were first highlighted in your original issue.

  2. Jim, thanks! That’s a great suggestions. We’ll follow up with those that are still kicking around after 15 years. 🙂

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