Profitability requires the right balance between cost and performance. This is a complex undertaking when designing plastic parts. Manufacturers want to drive down costs and time-to-market while maintaining or exceeding product performance levels. Suppliers and job shops must have accurate project estimates before providing a quote to avoid taking on unprofitable jobs, or losing work.

This report focuses on the plastic part design cycle. It introduces a progressive approach to address these challenges,

The Manager’s Survival Guide to Digital Engineering

Taking a digital engineering approach to manufacturing—one composed of architecture-driven and model-based engineering—offers significant advantages (not to mention tangible benefits both in terms of time and costs). Yet, change is never easy. How can engineering executives ease the transformation? This Survival Guide to Digital Engineering will help create a path to success.

The Role of the Digital Thread and Digital Twin in Digital Transformation

While the concepts of the digital twin and the digital thread are relatively new to the industry, they have quickly gained traction. In this Siemens’ post, Chad Jackson discusses the roles of both the digital twin and the digital thread in greater digital transformation initiatives.

What is The Connection Between Accelerating Product Complexities, Systems Thinking, and PLM Platforms?

Join Chad Jackson, Chief Analyst and CEO, Lifecycle Insights, and Paweł Chądzyński, Sr. Director Product Marketing at Aras, as they discuss the role of Systems Thinking and PLM platforms have in effectively managing accelerating product complexities.

Thursday, August 26th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET

The Manager’s Survival Guide for Architecture-Driven Engineering

Architecture-driven engineering, a relatively new engineering approach where an optimized and validated architecture is developed before detailed design, shows quite a bit of promise in the manufacturing industry. As a result, many organizations are exploring whether this method is a good fit and whether it’s the right place to start their digital engineering initiatives.

Best Practices for Navigating Your MBD Initiatives

There is no one-size-fits all approach to integrating an MBD into the product design process. In this PTC blog, Chad Jackson offers tips on creating MBDs and ensuring their effective consumption.

The Manager’s Survival Guide to Model-Based Engineering

In this Zuken blog post, Chad Jackson highlights the people, process, and technology considerations organizations should take before transitioning to an MBE-based approach to design and development.


To achieve this, a company’s product development IT ecosystem plays an important role, helping organizations develop smart, connected products on time and on budget. This brief shares findings from a Lifecycle Insights study on what solution types improve organizational performance with a focus on mechanical design.

Computer Aided Engineering Trends: Digital Twin

Lifecycle Insights CEO and Chief Analyst Chad Jackson and Industry Analyst Arvind Krishnan discussed the latest computer aided engineering trends. Here’s the transcript from their discussion: Chad Jackson: Hey everybody. Thanks for joining us today. We’re going to be talking about digital twins and what’s been going on in different events. This will be an …

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