Gartner Research

Adopting 3D Printing for Industrial Parts Has Key Impacts on CAD and PLM Priorities

Published: 08 March 2017

ID: G00312880

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern

Summary

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.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

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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