I’ve got this hunch which I can’t totally substantiate that using Sync Tech along with Ordered features is really the way to go in a lot of cases. One solid case I can come up with is fillets. Fillets often cause Synchronous changes to crap out. So, just add fillets as ordered features, and your Synchronous changes will be far more robust.
I just saw this article in a Canadian Magazine that points out some sheet metal tools where you might want to mix methods, particularly for the Contour Flange.
I really think this mixing methods is the secret sauce for modeling.
Well, that, and a little T-splines action. Gotta integrate mesh modeling somehow. It’s just too big. I firmly believe that design, even machine design, is going to get more organic in the future. Rarely is the most efficient, optimized shape for a stressed member a straight line. The bones in your body are not straight lines. We use straight lines primarily because they are the easiest to manufacture. When you consider the most efficient shape for material vs stress, it is only a straight line in the simplest cases.
Anyway, mixed methods. A little Synchronous, a little History. Who else does this? What other suggestions do you have?