We saw this article and think it is a good historical accounting of how 3D visualization has matured:
Lattice Technology Blog
The economic globalization and the cross-border trade of commodities and services have been going on for some considerable time. But it has become considerably more attractive in the last decade. The fast technological advances, along with a shift in the way protectionism is viewed, have played an important role in the process.
Trade restrictions or regulations with foreign nations not only protect business and workers, but they also limit competition and market share. Free trade generates growth opportunities that benefit the economy. Competition is good, it heats up the market, but competitive advantage is the main objective.
Unfortunately it is harder than it sounds but, at least, not as difficult as it used to be not that long ago, when video conferencing, Internet access, and other high tech gadgets were a privilege of the first world. Nowadays, third world countries have embraced high tech solutions as their ticket to a better economy. It is a high investment that pays off when it is done properly.
But, how about cultural differences, they can be a major barrier. How can you increase your manufacturing operations in a third world country, if you might end up paying more for the cheaper labor to keep your standards and quality commitment?
Check out our new video highlighting the features of the XVL Studio Human option. An optional module for XVL Studio Standard and XVL Studio Pro, it lets you add digital technicians to XVL models for tasks like checking manufacturing processes and validating serviceability. See how you can easily add multiple technicians and dynamically check for bad posture, technician reach and interference.
Yes, that is exactly what I meant!... but it is also the title of Design Engineering editor Anthony Lockwood's article published on June 30, 2011.