This is a post by Cat McClintock on PTC site.
Two of the biggest themes to emerge in product development over the past decade have been additive manufacturing (3D printing) and model-based definition (MBD).
3D printing offers companies a practical and often inexpensive way to create prototypes and even production parts—especially for designs that don’t conform well to traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding or milling. At the same time MBD helps streamline communication of product information to downstream stakeholders.
None of this is news to anyone who’s been paying attention to what’s going on in product development technologies over the past 5 years or so. But what might surprise you is that the two have a future together.