@Jack: That's what the vendors keep telling us. While none can predict the ups and downs of this current economy, they all say there is strong demand for PLM and CAD among small and large companies alike, in part because they're having to do more with less and are focused on product innovation--all strategies that play to PLM's strengths.
I agree, Beth. There is also a lot of opportunity in this field. So many small to mid sized places haven't seen the business need for this type of technology yet. I can see the market getting ready to explode in the next 1-3 years.
Alex, there actually has been a shake out of sorts in the PLM space over the years (the now Siemens PLM Software being an acquisition target itself). There really are only a handful of top vendors and most of them are now acquiring specialized technologies to flesh out their PLM platforms with core multidisciplinary and other new kinds of emerging technologies. I don't think we'll see a shrinking among the main PLM vendors, but I think we'll see a lot of new interesting technology acquisitions over time.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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