Great post from Solidsmack where Josh discuss about 3D and it's spread in future.
There is also poll- when did you start modeling in 3D ?
My first touch with 3D software was in High school (3DStudio Max) and with 3D CAD software in University (Solid Edge version 9)
Josh about The Gap Shrink:
Out of all the years I’ve noticed 3D becoming more and more prominent, 2009 is standing out as one of the biggest transition years. To make it easy, I’m just gonna say 2010 is the milestone for 3D moving into mass popularity
As we mentioned in this post we have seen same trend in 2009
It seems that thanks to Google Sketchup more and more people who are not familiar with professional engineering CAD software’s (PTC, AutoCAD, …) are using Sketchup not just for fun but for actual bits and pieces that need to be manufactured. Users have uploaded files from small barrows to big buildings.