Since its founding in August 1985, Computer Design, Inc. has been devoted to the
advancement of CAD and CAM software applications to address various aspects of
mechanical design and manufacturing. As a provider of engineering services,
these software products were originally developed by the engineers of Computer
Design to enhance internal product and tool design productivity; however, the
client demand for customized CAD and CAM applications on the desktop generated
an expansion of the company focus to include software development. Due to the
high demand for quality desktop manufacturing solutions, software development
quickly became the sole focus of Computer Design.
The original software solutions developed by Computer Design used AutoCAD as the
base graphics engine. The fledgling AutoCAD software, introduced by Autodesk,
Inc. just three years earlier, showed promise as a desktop drafting solution,
and offered a programming interface that fit the development needs of Computer
Design. Computer Design became an Authorized AutoCAD Dealer in 1985 and began a
cooperative development relationship with Autodesk.
Through 1989 Computer Design continued to offer systems integration and custom
software development services and developed a wide array of software solutions.
These included products for design and drafting, parametric association,
various forms of unfolding and flat blank creation, stamping die development,
roll form tooling, and CNC programming solutions including software to program
turret punch presses, laser machines, plasma machines, waterjets, wire EDMs,
mills, routers and spin-form machines. The development of these products within
AutoCAD provided a unique CAD/CAM environment that offered a single, user
friendly, affordable solution to run on the desktop.
In late 1989, Striker Systems was founded as the marketing division of Computer
Design with the mission of establishing a worldwide software presence.
Development and sales and marketing personnel were added to support this
aggressive expansion and, in October of 1990, Striker Systems’ flagship
products, Fab Professional and Die Professional, were introduced.
Striker Systems reached another product milestone in 1996 when a stand-alone
version of the Fab Professional sheet metal fabrication software was
introduced. Dubbed FabCAD, this latest solution was based on Autodesk’s newly
released AutoCAD OEM software. FabCAD retained the advantages of being
AutoCAD-based, yet operated independently of AutoCAD. This heightened the
appeal to non-AutoCAD users and expanded Striker’s presence in these markets.
Today Striker Systems is an international leader in the development of metal
forming and fabrication software solutions. With over 3,000 software products
distributed worldwide, Striker Systems has become the leader in metal forming
and fabrication solutions based on Autodesk technology.