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

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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.


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