This is a post by Cat McClintock on PTC site.
One of the great benefits of 3D CAD software has been that it allows product developers to easily share digital models, with all their design intent and history, downstream.
Manufacturing, marketing, technical documentation, and part suppliers all use the digital model to make the product a success—long before the first physical prototype rolls out of the lab.
But there’s someone in the supply chain we rarely consider sending our models to: Transit packaging. That’s the company that provides the corrugated boxes, pallets, crates, cushions, and foam, used to pack everything from cans of soup to iPads.