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.'

'Manufacturers want to work more closely with their customers'

'At the concept stage you can make changes,' PLM Central director Niketh Shetty said in a panel with Onshape and Cadonix at the DFM Summit in London. 'As the product matures, the more you delay the changes, the more it costs in the end product.'

'Everything in design and manufacturing is a graph'

'We have had CAD/CAM software, ERP, all of these software systems around for the last thirty years,' developer Paul Reeves said at the London DFM Summit in December, 'and they haven't had as much of an impact on productivity as they could.'

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.

Manufacturing Source developing CAD plugins for sourcing

Sam Al-Mukhtar's experience sourcing bespoke parts as a product designer was the seed to develop Manufacturing Source. 'It is a really inefficient way that people go about doing business at the moment.'

'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.'

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