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.'

Manufacturing is not "the Old Economy"

'If you got a 1000 jobs in an automotive plant, there's 3000 jobs in the community supplying that plant and there's another 7000 jobs in that community supplying the suppliers,' Callisto's Chief Innovation Officer Michael Grasley said at the DFM Summit in Toronto last September.

'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.

HAL Robotics launched to develop 'ubiquitous machine control'

'I made a program to make my house with my robots,' says Thibault Schwartz, developer of the HAL Grasshopper plugin for industrial robots programming. 'That is how everything started.'

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.

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