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CIMdata announces the formation of an Additive Manufacturing Strategy Consulting Practice to help clients make strategic level business decisions concerning adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM) methods and techniques into their production processes.

To support this new practice, Mr. Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, announces that Mr. James White will lead the practice and will have the title Director, Additive Manufacturing Strategy Consulting Practice. "We are extremely pleased that Mr. White will be leading this new practice; it dovetails directly into our PLM vision and is synergistic with several of our mature practices, including Simulation-Driven Systems Development and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. We don't see AM as a standalone alternative, but rather as a disruptive new engineering and manufacturing method that impacts many parts of an industrial client's business processes," stated Mr. Bilello.

Mr. White brings to CIMdata and its clients over 30 years of PLM, AM/3D Printing, and general manufacturing industry experience. Prior to CIMdata, he held roles in Fortune 1000 software and consulting companies responsible for product management, sales management, strategic alliances, major account management, and business development. He has extensive experience in market development including New Product Introduction (NPI) across various geographies in which he has lived or been responsible. Mr. White's extensive industry experience includes hi-tech, medical device, software, and heavy industrial, where he gained experience delivering new disruptive products, systems, and solutions.

"Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing is the hot new thing in engineering and manufacturing...or is it?" posed Mr. White. "It's been around a long time, but recent advances in material science, AM machines, product design tools, together with commercial pressures to make things faster/lighter/stronger/cheaper, and to be available when and where needed, yields an exciting new era for AM," stated Mr. White.

CIMdata's AM practice aims to work with industrial companies, and software and service providers to enhance manufacturing and engineering disciplines. With the formation of this consulting practice, CIMdata offers a deep and broad portfolio of strategic management consulting services for industrial organizations and solution providers who offer PLM-enabling business solutions, including PDM, BIM, IoT, 3D visualization, augmented reality, and collaboration solutions, to name a few.

"We see AM in industrial situations as a work stream of PLM; AM doesn't happen in a vacuum if it's for industrial purposes," stated Mr. Bilello. "Things need to be considered spanning ideation, simulation, design methodology (for example, generative or conventional design methods), product costing and profitability management, the manufacturing method to be used, and utilization of supply chain management. We expect AM to be adopted in complementary and revolutionary ways" he added.

A sampling of CIMdata's AM services and deliverables include:

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) study to identify AM readiness; recommendations
  • Topology optimization including product complexity and SKU reduction using AM
  • Market research, studies, reports, webcasts, education events, and workshops
  • Lifecycle event justifications for AM, e.g., logistics, manual touch, inventory, time, and complexity
  • IT systems mastering study; where AM production-ready parts should be mastered, accessed, by whom, and how change management occurs
  • Proof of Concept (PoC) studies supported by independent AM service providers

CIMdata's Additive Manufacturing Strategy Consulting Practice services offer clients pragmatic ways to consider how AM may best be adopted. Successful adoption of AM may yield benefits throughout the business and impact and leverage supporting information technology (IT) systems in different parts of the organization.

CIMdata's AM consulting practice will leverage CIMdata's more than thirty years of experience serving industrial companies and software and service providers through strategic management consulting, market research and analysis, and best practices education.

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