The MFG Trend Nostradamus..
I have been deep dive researching in AEC and Manufacturing design software and the greater industry trends. Here is my overview of manufacturing design software trends. There are several trends in mechanical design software technologies that are shaping the future of engineering and product design.
Some of these trends in no particular order of significance include:
- Cloud-based software:
Cloud-based software is becoming increasingly popular as it allows engineers to access design tools and data from anywhere with an internet connection and you can access greater compute power on cloud servers. This trend is likely to continue as more companies move towards remote work and collaboration.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is becoming more prevalent in product design and manufacturing. As a result, design software is incorporating features that optimize designs for additive manufacturing and prototyping designs before production.
Generative design: Generative design is a process where the software generates multiple design options based on user-defined constraints and parameters. This trend is gaining popularity as it allows engineers to explore a wide range of design possibilities and optimize designs based on specific criteria such as weight, materials, or cost to manufacture.
Simulation and analysis: Simulation and analysis software are becoming more sophisticated, allowing engineers to simulate and analyze the behavior of designs in real-world conditions. This trend is important for product design as it allows engineers to identify potential issues early in the design process and make adjustments accordingly.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning: Artificial intelligence “AI” and machine learning are being incorporated into design software, allowing for more automated and efficient design processes. This trend is likely to continue as AI and machine learning become more advanced and widely adopted in various industries. It may get really interesting when we get OpenAI ChatGPTor image and/or model generation built into some software design technologies.
Overall, these emerging trends in mechanical design software technologies are likely to shape the future of product design and engineering workflows, making it more efficient, automated, and adaptable to changing needs.
What are your top trends and needs? Digitaltwin with sensors, AR/VR/MR/XR? Go ahead and post a comment with your own trends you are seeing, or need.