1983 Unigraphics II introduced to market
1983 Applicon introduces BRAVO! first 32-bit VAX based mechanical design/NC system
1983 The first German and French versions of AutoCAD
1983 The work has started for a new reliable and universal system of transferring data called STEP (Standard for the Exchange of
Product model data). STEP can transfer CAD data, to include complete details of product modeling including materials and various
The first generally available STEP translator was released in 1991 by EDS Unigraphics.
Autodesk ships version 1.2 of AutoCAD in April, version 1.3 in August and version 1.4 in October.
CoCreate Software Inc., was established in 1984 as a division of Hewlett-Packard Company with the charter to expand the scope and
focus for development of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software products.
In 1996, CoCreate became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Co. and expanded its product offerings to include
collaboration software solutions.
DUCT development continued at Cambridge together with the small team established at Delta in Birmingham.
By 1984 the Birmingham team was larger than that at Cambridge and the unique features of DUCT began to be recognised.
It was one of the very few systems developed from the beginning to design and machine products.
The equal emphasis on design and machining made it different to its competitors and this was appreciated by the users.
Most other systems had developed 2D draughting first, followed by 3D modelling with machining added later.
In 1984, a Hungarian physicist, Gabor Bajor, smuggled two Macs into his country. At the time, ownership of personal computers was
illegal under Communist rule. Using Pascal, he and a teenager, Tamas Hajas worked to write a 3D CAD program for the Mac which will
be the beginning of Graphsoft Company.