'Our supply base is a big source of what is going on out there'

At the opening panel at DFM Summit #21 in Toronto, September 2019, Timothy Lytle (Arc'teryx), Steve Keilhauer (Keilhauer), Byron Leclair (fluidconcepts) and Lee Fletcher (Fig40) discussed how material choices factored into their product development process. 'We do rely on our suppliers coming in and showing us what they are developing,' Byron Leclair said.

Dystil Racing intended to make 3D printed race parts for motorcycles

Industrial designer Miles Keller was 'redesigning a part one day, printing it overnight and having it on a motorcycle the next day'.

'We involve potential manufacturers in optimizing the design'

Orlach Design works for startups as well as bigger clients like LG and Panasonic. 'Clients will price down every component,' says Dejan Orlac. 'Within that space you need to find a design, an identity and a process where you can choose something special.'

Siloed design tools CAD CAM CAE set to integrate

'You will start seeing design tools become much more holistic in terms of being able to take in massive amounts of data around the simulation and manufacturing processes,' nTopology co-founder Brad Rothenberg said at the last DFM Summit in New York.

'Next thing coming along is multimaterial 3D printing'

In his keynote at DFM Summit #20 last Spring in New York, Autodesk strategist Duann Scott talked about Dreamcatcher and Monolith. 'We are building this interconnected network of software which can talk to as many machines as possible.'

'There might be more happening than we know about'

In the opening panel of DFM Summit #11 Roland Stapper and Tom Tobia discussed why the Netherlands is such a hotbed for 3D printing. 'In the 80s and 90s we as a nation willfully dismissed the idea that manufacturing could provide high value jobs,' Tobia responded. 'We have got some catching up to do.'

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