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January 5, 2009

Virtual Product Development Gaining Traction

Beth Stackpole

Thanks to a host of emerging technologies, the somewhat elusive concept of virtual product development – the notion of designing, prototyping and developing both the product and the manufacturing processes in a fully digital environment — is starting to become a reality. Highly powerful, but cost-effective graphics and computing platforms, easier-to-use visualization, simulation and 3-D collaboration tools, along with integrated systems for developing and testing products that have mechanical, electrical and embedded software components, are inspiring and enabling engineering organizations to do increasingly more in the digital world.

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