Designers are being asked to design for new end user media
Creating ways to take my vector to 3D, for 3D printing, CNC plasma cutting, and new ways that are being asked for designers and artist to file share and work better together. Exporting my work for auto cad, and 3D software, plotters etc and simplify the paths. There is 2D and there is 3D cad. But as an artist I want to be able to take what I have done in Illustrator and evolve my work and output options to and material to the next level. CorelDraw was just a play toy program. But it looks like they have got a handle on the how designers are being asked to design and create for customers other then just a computer vector art file for an ink printer. Now we are being asked to print material like metal, plastic, and the list goes on!
Interesting, but CorelDRAW has never been a toy programme. It had bad press from those who didn't know how to use it. In fact it's near always had a wider and more useful feature set than Illustrator, and always much more interactive, implementing transparency and other features years ahead of Ai. In fact the CorelDRAW Technical Suite has been handling 3D for years. I cut my teeth on Corel for a long while, though an Illustrator user now, if somewhat frustrated by it at times. Sounds like you are using the wrong app.