**By TJ McCue
3D printing, 3D modeling, 3D scanning are tools that have captured the hearts and minds of the maker and inventor crowd. With good reason, too, because these tools make it possible to create, invent, and produce on a level that is unprecedented.
Over the last few weeks and months, I decided to start listening more closely to how these leading companies are serving the maker market – which I define broadly as the startups, the entrepreneurs, who are making things, manufacturing things. The questions shifted a bit with each CEO, but roughly follow this theme. First up in our series is Jim Heppelmann, CEO of PTC (I wrote about a PTC user in 2014: The New Face of Manufacturing: Santa Cruz Bicycles - super fun shop to visit!).
PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann: “I see the three most compelling trends related to the CAD market as being the Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and 3D printing.”
What are the trends that you see in the CAD and product development market going into 2017?
"PTC disrupted the product design and development market 30 years ago with the introduction of a revolutionary CAD product. Today, our company continues to push the technological boundaries with innovative offerings that help manufacturers build better products, optimize processes, and outperform their competitors. Going into 2017, I see the three most compelling trends related to the CAD market as being (1) the Internet of Things, (2) Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR, VR), and (3) 3D printing.
The Internet of Things is the biggest phenomenon that we have seen in our lives… [Read entire interview here]