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Learn How to Futureproof Your Product Design
2019-06-14

In today's competitive landscape, companies must innovate to stay ahead of competitors and bring winning products to market faster than ever. Fortunately, there are many new technologies that have created opportunities to increase innovation; however, companies need the right design processes and tools in place to best take advantage of the latest technology.

Learn How to Futureproof Your Product Design

Download Tech-Clarity's "How to Futureproof Your Product Design" eBook to learn what five technologies your CAD tool should support to best enable your company to be ready for the product development challenges that lie ahead.

DOWNLOAD the eBook to learn:

  • The top five technologies top-performing companies plan to implement
  • The software capabilities that can help manage increased design complexities
  • How to maximize the effectiveness of your current engineering teams
  • The software tools that can facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration

Here are the five technologies your CAD tool must support to stay ahead of the curve:

3D Printing/ Additive Manufacturing

Top Performers rate 3D printing as the top technology to drive new design approaches, reported by 42%. 3D printing will create many opportunities and consequently, 45% of Top Performers say it will help them become more competitive. Respondents report that it leads to reduced development time due to faster creation of rapid prototypes (65%), reduced manufacturing lead time since tooling isn't needed (43%), and better designs because manufacturing limitations don't inhibit designs (42%). All of these things create a competitive advantage.

Smart Factories

Smart factories use data, automation, connectivity, IoT, sensors, and other technologies to rapidly respond to changes in production and demand. They then adapt and optimize processes in real time. This leads to greater flexibility, efficiency, higher quality, repeatability, and the ability to better meet customer needs. Products get to market faster and at a lower cost. Also, machines can "selfmonitor" so they proactively send notifications when maintenance is required, minimizing downtime. All of these efficiencies lead 48% of Top Performers to identify smart factories as the top technology to improve competitiveness.

New Materials

New materials will significantly contribute to innovation with 43% of Top Performers reporting that materials will improve competitiveness. Many factors contribute to this. Advances in material technology create more applications and opportunities for additive manufacturing. Materials also create opportunities to reduce weight, improve energy efficiency, and increase durability. Plus, they enable innovations such as flexible electronics, smart materials that react to their environment, improved sustainability, and more. All of this can help companies offer something their competitors may not have.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things adds connectivity and intelligence so products can interact with their environments in innovative ways. A quarter of Top Performers (25%) said IoT will drive new design approaches and 29% said it will help them make products more competitive. Part of this is because the IoT creates opportunities to extend product value with innovative services.

With IoT, companies can stay connected with their products which in turn means connecting with their customers. Consequently, engineers can get insight into how customers actually use the product. With this insight, engineers can base their design decisions on proven customer use cases.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Augmented and virtual reality are exciting technologies with potential. Augmented reality (AR) superimposes a computer model over a person’s view of the real world. This creates a composite view of reality that has been augmented with a digital model. Virtual reality (VR) is a complete three-dimensional computer-generated environment that you can interact with in a way that seems real.

With 18% saying AR/VR will drive new design approaches, the technologies come in at number five on our list. While the percentage is on the lower side at this time, 51% of respondents say AR/VR will help design. Consequently, companies should pay attention to these technologies as that 18% will likely increase as more solutions come on the market and people explore the possibilities.

DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK to learn how you can adopt the technologies that will help futureproof your product design, and prepare your engineering teams for the product development challenges that lie ahead.

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