In a recent article by Rahul Garg, the Vice President of Industrial Machinery and SMB Program at Siemens Digital Industries Software, he emphasizes the importance of digital part production (DPP) in today’s manufacturing. Likening it to the popular film The Matrix, it’s easy to see the technology that was believed to be so far in the future as something attainable today.
For those unfamiliar with The Matrix, the film takes place in a world where humans have been trapped in a simulation, unbeknownst to them. The stars of the film are the only ones aware of this and can manipulate the environment around them: creating items from nothing with a thought, downloading information directly into their minds, predicting something before it happens.
While digital part production may not be able to create products with a simple thought, the DPP’s key component – CAM software – does allow companies to virtually simulate and improve production processes before any real manufacturing takes place. This accurate process validation saves time and money as machine shops can now adjust and better their production process without wasting time or resources with trial-and-error runs. By combining CAD, 3D printing and CAM software with CNC machine tools, DPP also eliminates errors by digitally connecting and automating the part production process.
The DPP digital thread lets manufacturers create intricate products, like in The Matrix, that would be impossible to achieve with traditional methods. While the virtual world in the film is dystopian, DPP provides a great opportunity for machine shops to successfully overcome today’s unique challenges.
Learn more about digital part production and how it’s bringing machine shops into the future in Rahul’s article, Free Your Mind (and Your Machine Shop) with Digital Part Production.