Archive for September, 2015

Mass customization and 3D Make Services

Mass customization and 3D Make Services

Mass production involves making many copies of product, very quickly for lowest possible cost. It is all about producing standardized products using assembly lines. The term mass production was invented almost 100 years and it became a symbol of Industrial Revolution. Here is the news… It looks like that era…

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What do I want from Onshape and future CAD & PLM “unicorns”?

What do I want from Onshape and future CAD & PLM “unicorns”?

Onshape’s $80M additional investment led by Andreessen Horowitz was clearly one of the big news last week. I shared some of my immediate thoughts here. Onshape valuation wasn’t shared. But according to many analysts and publications it stands between $750M-$1B. Which created the first “Unicorn” in engineering and manufacturing software…

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DFM Summit #12 – Cloud Manufacturing Panel

DFM Summit #12 – Cloud Manufacturing Panel

I had a chance to attend DFM Summit in Brooklyn, NY yesterday afternoon. More information and program can be found here. You can browse program and recording from previous summits. I hope video recording should be available later, so bookmark the link for your record. The panel discussion called – Cloud…

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Onshape, 3D CAD competition and my favorite quotes about startups

Onshape, 3D CAD competition and my favorite quotes about startups

Few days ago, my attention was caught by the article in BizJournal – Exclusive: Cambridge startup aims to raise $80M for 3-D design software. According to the following assumption, Onshape is probably the best funded CAD startup today. That would put total funding to date for the three-year-old company at…

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5 elements of PLM for hardware startup

5 elements of PLM for hardware startup

I started a series of blog posts about PLM dedicated to hardware startups. In my previous article, I explained why important to setup product lifecycle management strategy at early stages of your product development. It might be not needed at prototyping stage. But it is critical to setup basic elements of product…

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PLM and New Manufacturing in a Networked World

PLM and New Manufacturing in a Networked World

For the last decade, many industries learned lesson or two about disruption and how internet and other technologies can change the reality of their businesses. It happened to publishing and newspapers. The way we consume news is radically different (although we still can see printed newspapers around). Uber and Airbnb are leading…

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PLM 101: Product Lifecycle for Hardware Startups

PLM 101: Product Lifecycle for Hardware Startups

If you’re in manufacturing business, I’m sure you’ve heard about PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). And the thing you probably heard are “PLM is for large companies”. As far as you are concerned about your hardware startup business, you might think PLM is not important and you can do it later….

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Why to use intelligent Part Numbers in 21st century?

Why to use intelligent Part Numbers in 21st century?

Several people asked me the same question earlier today. It wasn’t tricky question. It was a question PDM and PLM pundits are discussing for years. And the question is “should we use intelligent or dumb part numbers. Do you think, I’m kidding? No, I’m not… The number of articles and blog post…

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Multiple views of product lifecycle

Multiple views of product lifecycle

One size doesn’t fit all. This is very true for engineering and manufacturing. Product lifecycle is a term that I can hear a lot these days in conversations with industrial companies of any type and size. It is a thing manufacturing companies of different sizes are comfortable with. There are…

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