Upchain's PLM model 'promotes innovation rather than remove it'

PLM has to catch up with the way things are now designed and manufactured, with many external ODM's and sub-systems involved. 'The nature of that system is dramatically changing,' Upchain's VP Digital Transformation James White argued in his keynote at the 2019 Design for Manufacturing Summit in Toronto. 'It's getting extremely complex to manage. It requires a lot of collaboration between all the stakeholders.'

'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.

'You're done when there aren't any more problems'

'We had to push our manufacturing partners,' Jeff Wollenzien of Shape Products said in the electronics panel at the DFM Summit in Toronto last month. 'We have this idea. Is this viable? Can we make this work for production?'

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.'

'First thing you need to do is start talking to manufacturers'

Product developers Thomas Keen, Stacey Mendez, Tristram Keech and Steve May-Russell discussed collaboration with manufacturers early in the design phase on the opening panel at DFM Summit #22 in London.

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