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Thursday, November 09, 2017

CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on Industrializing Additive Manufacturing to make practical end-use products

Educational webinar will ask if industrial companies are ready to implement additive manufacturing into mainstream production.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, 9 November 2017—CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Industrializing Additive Manufacturing to make practical end-use products.” The webinar will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and will last for one hour.

The days are gone when Additive Manufacturing (AM) was limited to making one-offs, prototypes, and your favorite Disney character. Now, with advances in materials, AM machines, and software, it is possible to make practical everyday products. But are factories ready to fully adopt AM into production?

There’s a lot of discussion about how AM technology can make anything from human organs, cars, apparel, to even food. It’s true that advances in material science, AM machines, and design software allow us to print things in multi-materials, multi-part assemblies, and multi-color, which brings us closer to making actual for end-use products. But one of the essential questions is how well are companies prepared for the disruption of AM systems and processes as they incorporate them into the mainstream? Are CAD, PLM, ERP, Supply Chain systems “AM Aware” enough to manage the unique design requirements, workflows, production processes, and procurement to support AM production of real for-end-use production products? To help answer these questions and more, plan to join CIMdata’s Director for Additive Manufacturing Strategy, James White, in a webinar that will evaluate what’s needed and will consider how ready industrial companies are for implementing AM into their mainstream processes.

“There’s a lot of hype about how AM technology can make almost anything, but many companies are struggling with the transition from using AM for one-offs and prototypes, to using AM to make practical for end-use production parts. There are challenges with IT systems governance, organizational alignment, and business planning, as well as actual AM production. Companies need to prepare the broader organization first before starting production of end-use production parts,” stated Mr. White.

Mr. White has over 30 years of PLM, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, and general manufacturing industry experience. He has held roles in Fortune 1000 software and consulting companies where he was responsible for Product Management, Sales Management, Strategic Alliances, Major Account Management, and Business Development. He has extensive experience in market development, new product introduction, and client management across various geographies. His extensive industry experience includes Hi-Tech, Medical Device, Software, and Heavy Industrial, delivering new disruptive products, systems, and solutions. His passion for AM/3D Printing comes from a belief that customers need guidance to fully take advantage of recent advances in AM materials, machines, and design tools.

The webinar will be useful to CFOs, VP’s of engineering, VP’s of manufacturing, VP’s of strategy, product planners and managers, PLM team leaders, CAD department managers, manufacturing engineers, field service personnel, product managers, IT leadership especially supply chain and ERP, solution providers, manufacturing financial analysts, and anyone wanting to learn more about mainstreaming AM.

During the webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, visit: To register for this webinar please visit:



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