Cimdata Logo

The Essential Role of PLM in the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM) into Mainstream Production

The Essential Role of PLM in the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM) into Mainstream Production

A Complimentary CIMdata Educational Webinar with James White, Director, Additive Manufacturing Strategy Consulting Practice, CIMdata

May 25, 2017
11:00  EDT | 08:00  PDT | 17:00 CET

Replay Webinar About our Speaker

Do any of the following statements sound a little too familiar?
  • The workflow for Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) is flawed.
  • Mixed human, generative, simulation, optimization stages are not seamlessly connected which leads to span-of-control issues, lost time, and the increased risk for error.
  • There’s a perceived lack of governance.
  • PLM templates, forms, roles, states don’t contemplate AM; rather, they are designed for traditional manufacturing.
  • Design authority rests with the CAD engineer so who chooses, supervises, how to manage physical and digital sources?

Over decades, Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been primarily used to produce models, prototypes, and one-off parts made of non-production ready materials, so governance of enterprise solutions such as PLM wasn’t necessary. Now, with recent advances in material science, new high performance AM machines, improved CAD and simulation tools, together with commercial pressures to make things in lower volumes but faster/lighter/stronger/cheaper, an exciting new era for AM is emerging. To fully adopt AM into production, however, AM needs to be assimilated into an organization’s main processes and business solutions such as PLM, CAD, ERP, and Supply Chain (SC), but also a different approach to design is needed. Engineers approach design using the 5,000-year-old paradigm that parts are made, then assembled, and eventually become products. Adopting Design-for-Additive-Manufacturing (DFAM) principles, closely coupled with AM manufacturing processes, is essential.

Additionally, Master Data Management (MDM), which comprises processes, governance, policies, standards, and tools, is different for AM parts and workflows, yet MDM must accommodate AM data into the corporate model that was built to serve traditional manufacturing.

This webinar will highlight some known issues in managing AM data, risks of doing nothing, the role of PLM to mitigate the risks, and will offer a pragmatic step-by-step plan to implement PLM to manage AM parts.


What will I learn by attending this webinar?
  • You will learn that AM is a viable option for many traditional production parts and products you didn’t realize
  • You will learn how to reduce the risk of not preserving the as-designed, as-built record
  • You will come away with ideas and guidance for adopting AM into production
  • You will be able to set expectations correctly about how AM can contribute in your production environment
  • You will gain practical tips to help in the adoption of AM; avoid land mines, find low hanging fruit to prove success
  • You will gain ideas about creating business cases to justify AM adoption for your company


Join us for this webinar if you want to:
  • Better understand the role of PLM and why it’s essential to support adoption of AM within a small workgroup up to a large enterprise
  • Start thinking about how to adopt DFAM principles, what to stop doing, what to do differently etc.
  • Find out how CIMdata can help you adopt AM into production engineering


Who should attend?
  • VP's of strategy
  • CIO's
  • CTO's
  • IT leaders including systems analysts and architects for ERP, PLM, and SC
  • Support managers
  • VP's of manufacturing
  • Manufacturing planners
  • Supply chain and procurement professionals
  • CAD/PLM senior management
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about adoption of additive manufacturing into mainstream manufacturing

During the webinar you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.


ipad background image

Featured Cimdata Reports

PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide

CIMdata’s PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide is designed to help potential PLM users evaluate the applicability and payoffs of PLM in their enterprise, and to help existing users of PLM monitor the impact it is having on their product programs.

PLM Market Analysis Reports

The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM providers, revenue analyses for geographical regions and industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

PLM Market Analysis Country Reports

These reports offer country-specific analyses of the PLM market. Their focus is on PLM investment and use in industrial markets. Reports cover Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Simulation & Analysis Market Analysis Report

This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the global simulation and analysis market, one of the fastest growing segments of the overall product lifecycle management market, including profiles of the leading S&A firms.

CAM Market Analysis Report

This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the worldwide CAM software and services market. It also includes a discussion on the trends in the CAM industry and updates on the top CAM solution providers.