Today’s manufacturing robots are sophisticated mechatronics systems that require PLM traceability and dependency management to ensure engineers in each design domain to understand the impact of their decisions on other domains.
I can relate to the discussion about the major obstacles of integrating data with multiple vendor's tools across multiple domains. With design cycle times becoming more and more compressed, it is so important to have the right data immediately available at a designer's fingertips. As the article stated, too often it seems that we have to spend excessive time digging up, verifying and converting design data instead of spending more time on the actual design itself. The right PLM tools and system can be very beneficial.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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