From Trinkets to Turbines — Why Did 3D Systems Acquire Cimatron?

5 axis CNC

In what might be considered heresy in the devoted 3D printing community, on November 24, 3D Systems announced it will acquire all outstanding shares of Cimatron for $8.97 per share in cash, for a total of around $97 million. Cimatron’s software is as far from additive manufacturing as one can possibly be. The company‘s  CAD/CAM … continue reading →

Tesla’s Growing Pains

Tesla, the innovative company that continues to challenge the norms and practices of the traditional automotive industry is finding itself struggling with less glamorous issues that mainstream automakers have tackled and, to a great extent, perfected over more than a century: volume manufacturing.

Building a Supply Chain

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Tesla plans … continue reading →

California Gold Rush and Vehicle Platform Design Strategy

Studebaker Wagon

Product companies employ platform-based design strategy to simplify design, reduce cost and accelerate time to market of new products. In the automotive industry, a platform represents a set of common design, engineering, and production systems that is used to build any number of distinct models, all based on the same underpinning but are visually entirely … continue reading →

Product Innovation Congress

Product Innovation 2014

Product Innovation Congress 2014, San Diego Another very successful Product Innovation (PI) Congress was held last week in San Diego. Don’t let the very slow trickle of tweets from the event mislead you: the organizers put together a very full agenda that kept the delegates engaged throughout the two-day conference. Plus, I don’t think that … continue reading →

Design Reuse: Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning

Duplicate Content

Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning

As I am preparing for my presentation and panel discussion at the Product Innovation Congress in San Diego next week, I am speaking with colleagues and experts in all things PLM. I recently spoke with Charlie Krueger from BigLever on product line engineering (PLE) and how some organizations and individuals … continue reading →

Wisdom of Things

Internet of Things (IoT)

On a recent Internet radio show I discussed the potential business value of the Internet of Things (IoT) and my views about the accelerators and, the more critical, inhibitors to the evolution of this much advertized concept.

Wisdom of Things

The potential value of the IoT is not in the ability to connect and access … continue reading →

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD

Stratasys Objet 3D Printer

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD: Analysis and Implications

3D printer company Stratasys announced today of definite plans to acquire Cambridge, Mass.-based GrabCAD. GrabCAD is known for spearheading efforts to create an “open engineering” environment that allows engineers to share 3D CAD models. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the price is estimated to be about … continue reading →

The Emergence of Application-Specific IoT

General IoT vs. Application-Specific IoT

Gartner recently published the 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report, which evaluates the market perception and penetration for over 2,000 technologies, services and technology trends. Of particular interest to many was the placement of the Internet of Things (IoT) at the top of the Peak of Inflated Expectations. Gartner defines … continue reading →

Can PLM Software Benefit a Small Company?

Product Development

In my market research in PLM, PDM and related fields, and my consulting work with engineering organizations, including those that we refer to as SMBs: small- to mid-size businesses, I frequently find that they tend to think about PLM as a tool ideally suited for large organizations with sizable engineering teams designing complex highly engineered … continue reading →