No engineer is an island. They work with a variety of stakeholders, including other engineers, tooling designers, machinists, procurement agents, quality inspectors, service planners, and many others. Each provides valuable insight into how modern products can meet the complex and often
conflicting requirements.

However, for such collaborative efforts to work, those stakeholders need to work from a common set of up-to-date information that acts as an unambiguous digital definition of the product. That might include a 3D model, a change order, toolpaths, an inspection plan, and much more.