IBM: three things are set to change the way products are designed and manufactured.In a keynote speech delivered at the Siemens PLM Innovation Conference, Paul Brody, the global industry leader for electronics at IBM acknowledged that open source electronics, intelligent robotics and 3D printing are technologies that will have a disruptive impact on the way companies design and produce products.
On 3D printing, he discussed key trends:
- 3D printing is rapidly achieving levels of performance required to be production-ready
- 3D printing is already used in production for medical devices and aerospace
- Performance is improving year on year
- At lower volumes, unit costs are competitive with machining and plastic injection molding
You can find Brody’s keynote here