As organizations pursue 3D printing for industrial use, they focus on the print technology, throughput and materials, but overlook the impact on computer-aided design and product life cycle management. CIOs must critically assess how 3D printing affects CAD and PLM requirements.
Impacts and Recommendations
- When CIOs promote education and provide the infrastructure for proper execution, the benefits of 3DP will ripple through all product life cycle activities
- Since manufacturers must add printers and scanners that demand high volumes of geometry data, 3DP increases the demands on CIOs to invest more in IT infrastructure and data management
- 3DP industrial products raise safety, security and ethical concerns, so CIOs will have to employ additional CAD and PLM capabilities to address them
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