Breathing Life into Digital Twins

Written by: Cat McClintock

Entering into a New World of CAD Design

“The term “mechanical design” is no longer adequate to describe the new breed of products that people design in the era of connected devices. Their primary functions are driven by electronics, software, sensors, and ubiquitous connectivity. They anticipate and predict the user’s needs rather than react to the user’s commands. They have to be both utilitarian and accessory-like, both private and broadcast-capable, both easy to operate and sophisticated in operations. This may prove to be a steep learning curve for those who cannot break out of the classic mechanical mindset.” Kenneth Wong, Senior Editor, Digital Engineering and Moderator of "Breathing Life into Digital Twins: Incorporating Sensor Data into System Modeling".

The future of product design is only going to get better. Smarter, more connected products are going to be built, allowing more opportunities for personal, and business growth. Advances like mixed reality takes this growth one step further by allowing us to interact directly with the environment in which we’re creating – in 3D. You can work in 3D in real time. You still want a physical prototype to get a sense for how something feels, but now you can make design decisions earlier

We’ve reached out to experts in the industry, to see what they thought the future looked like, and how they were going to begin embracing the change. We encourage you to use these predictions to start preparing for what lies ahead in the product design industry.

Tags: CAD Retail and Consumer Products Connected Devices Digital Twin

About the Author

Cat McClintock

Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC.  She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years,  working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.