'The speed of information flows is key to speeding up the product development process'

At DFM Summit #15 last month in Toronto Ray Minato (Inertia) and Dylan Horvath (Cortex) discussed their experiences with cloud CAD and PLM systems.

'Agile is changing the world of manufacturing'

Agile consultant Ade Shokoya at DFM Summit #11 sketched how lean and agile development methodologies from the software world are now circling back into manufacturing and construction.

Gravity bridging 2D sketch to 3D environment

Gravity Sketch is a 3D sketching tool developed for augmented reality, targeting upcoming platforms like Microsoft HoloLens. 'The user experience is similar to pen and paper,' says co-founder Oluwaseyi Sosanya.

Cloud CAD disruptor Onshape provides early access

With the web bringing global manufacturing in reach of makers, "collaboration" gets real. 'We need to start thinking about actually doing the work together instead of talking about it,' said Onshape's Philip Thomas at DFM Summit #7.

'You need print-outs to get a feeling what the product will be like'

Jeremy Luchini (Lagoa), Anthony Moschella (MakerBot) and Brad Augustine (Humanscale) discussed what digital tools can do for collaboration in product development at DFM Summit #5.

Lean manufacturing removes waste from product development

Tara Stand is an Operations Consultant and black belt in Innovation Engineering for ITAC. She helps New York manufacturers improve their processes. 'Sales, design, R&D, manufacturing should all be talking on a regular basis,' she says.

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