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A quick update on the Additive Ball

Remember how last month there was a will they/won’t they dance going on in the world of additive manufacturing? Well, the dance continues, with news on several fronts. To recap: Desktop Metal and Stratasys had planned a merger, then another company stepped in to say...

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How close are we, really, to AI in PLM?

(Newsletter subscribers: sorry if you're seeing this twice. The first one went out with weird formatting.) Did you hear the news yesterday? My local radio station advised me NOT to rely on Siri and Alexa for help if I need to perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary...

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Partnering up at the Additive Ball

Have you kept up with the Stratasys + Desktop Metal + 3D Systems + Nano Dimension saga? It’s been a captivating will they/won’t they that the striking Hollywood writers might want to turn into a movie when they’re back in the office … 3D printing, aka additive...

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The PLMish VAR economy: mixed Q2 so far

As PLMish earnings start, it’s helpful to look at the results reported by the (very few) publicly traded value-added resellers (VARs). They’re the canary in the coal mine, on the front lines with the buyers of PLMish solutions. They’re also a middleman, buffeted by...

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Can PLM save the planet?

Creating sustainable product lifecycles was a big-stage topic at every event I attended this spring. Presenters started their talks with dire statistics about a planet in peril and wound up encouraging us to focus on those aspects we can do something about. Using less...

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Dassault Systèmes in 2023: nothing but potential

I recently spent a few days with the Dassault Systèmes team in Paris. I’m still digesting it all — there was a LOT, and since my job is to find patterns, make comparisons, and note contrasts, I still much to ponder— so this post will cover some general thoughts about...

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It’s a wrap: A recap of PTC Liveworx 2023

Big user events are back! PTC’s Liveworx filled the Boston Convention Center, a full 12-minute walk from end to end. We had Creo users, Windchill admins, Codebeamer coders, Vuforia wizards, Servigitics partners, Thingworx implementers, ServiceMax users — and even some...

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LiveWorx, the preview (notes from day 0)

I loved set-up time at Daratech conferences. I would stand on a balcony or walkway and watch it all come together on the exhibit floor below me. Vendors building their booths, the service people laying down cables and bringing in counters, plants, and lighting, and...

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Digital Twins, Threads, and Tapestries – oh my

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the CIMdata PLM Road Map & Eurostep PDT North America 2023 event in Washington DC and, I’ve got to say, it was terrific. A great speaker lineup, high-level content, vendor neutrality, and no sales pitches — a refreshing event in a...

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Happy Pi Day!

Have I ever told you my butter ruler story? No? Well … In the US, butter typically comes in sticks wrapped in wax paper. The paper usually has the maker's logo, the stick's weight and a magical butter ruler. We (in the US) do things volumetrically, so recipes...

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