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Tech-Clarity TV – CAD-PLM Integration

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This episode of Tech-Clarity TV  looks at the future of product design software (CAD) and product development environments (PLM) and how they should work together. The video is based on our Integrating Product Design and Development report that shares how a well-integrated CAD-PLM continuum helps improve engineering and product development performance.

Please see our sponsor Dassault Systemes for more information on this topic and a discussion of how their products meet these needs (free of charge, registration required).

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  1. Hi Jim, I posted some text earlier today but it disappeared into the ether when I tried to post it to this discussion…if you have a copy at your end please feel free to add it to the conversation. Allan

    • Allan,
      I don’t see it on my end, sorry. Thanks for sharing your views, if you have time to try again I would appreciate it. Before you hit post please copy it and if it doesn’t go through shoot it to me in an email. So sorry it didn’t work, not sure what might have happened.
      Best,
      Jim

  2. Hi Jim, interesting points.

    You speak about the future of engineering design in context and in real time (multiple users). Firstly, it’s only fair to note that CoCreate (now PTC) had this facility back in the days, and ImpactXoft had similar, albeit via totally different mechanisms…and these products were available in the 90s. The challenge with simultaneous engineering (let’s call it that shall we?) is that one can’t count on synchronicity being the answer at all times. Life’s not that simple unfortunately. I suggest that changing behavior (the people) and company workflows will be among the largest obstacles to achieving your vision, not necessarily the technologies in use.

    (FYI…Gian Paulo Bassi, CTO of Dassault’s SolidWorks was one of the team at ImpactXoft. Bot Autodesk and Dassault acquired the use of code and patents in the mid nougties and I’m sure there will be parts of their legacy somewhere in Inventor and CATIA and/or other products…. From a conceptual point of view ImpactXoft allowed for both synchronous and asynchronous design collaboration with obfuscation where necessary to protect IP. A really interesting proposition, but one that unfortunately didn’t make the muster.)

    Of course the true nature of the beast is (in many cases) multi-domain; with software, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics as/where appropriate. That means that a true in-context view of the ‘system’ will need to be one that is conducted within the product in it’s complete (maybe even in-use) instance. For the avoidance of doubt, I do believe that this is (probably) feasible, but not yet practical (and/or elegant). Standards will be a key enabler in making this all happen. No one company has the appetite or competence to deliver all that users will need to make this happen, and customers are much more wary these days of vendors who harbor proprietary ambitions. If your readers are interested, have a look at the FMI (Functional Mock-up Interface) initiative. This or it’s evolution will most likely be one of the enablers that helps move the (multi-domain) industry forward. https://www.fmi-standard.org/

    My two penneth worth is… what we think of now as ‘state of the art’ (I’ve so wanted to use that old phrase again!) in CAD/CAM/PLM will indeed morph, and the vision you mention will be a party to this…but bigger changes are afoot!

    Thoughts on a post card please 🙂

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