Nate Holt's Blog

February 13, 2015

Birth pic of AutoCAD Electrical

Filed under: Electrical, Musings — nateholt @ 9:31 pm

Cleaning out an old drawer and came across this Polaroid snapshot. It was March 13, 1996 and there was a first buyer for the “N8-Wire” AutoCAD add-on. It was to an outfit in Wixom, MI that was taking a chance on this.

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The shipping department packaged it up and, before shipping it out (i.e. walking it down the street to the corner mailbox), placed it next to the development system (386 10mHz) in the software development department (tiny spare bedroom) to enshrine the moment.

Soon, Cimlogic picked up the marketing (their business card is in the photo), then VIA Development, and finally it became an Autodesk product. But many of the concepts, techniques, and workflows that were birthed in the first “N8-Wire” pictured here have endured.



  1. I started using ACADE when it was CimLogic was selling it.

    Comment by Jacques — February 16, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

  2. Awesome post Nate.

    Comment by automationforce — February 16, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

  3. Classic! Martin Lee (former coworker of mine from McKee Foods) would have loved to see this pic.

    Comment by Jim Card — March 30, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

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