PTC’s Annual LiveWorx Keynote

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By Ryan Martin | 3Q 2021 | IN-6212


Digital Transforms Physical


PTC held the second edition of its annual LiveWorx conference in a virtual setting from March to June 2021 in three epsiodes. The major theme was how digital transforms physical—how computer-aided design (CAD) is the digital definition of a physical product; how product lifecycle management (PLM) software manages physical assets; IoT connects physical assets; and AR augments the physical world. There was also an important emphasis on how Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the next frontier for digital disruption and the benefits of a comprehensive digital thread.

Technology to Solution


The design-to-part process is complex. It involves the creation, testing, and optimization of a design, testing for manufacturability, programming machines, material handling, quality assurance, post-processing, and assembly. While each of these processes may be digital (e.g., CAD for product design), they are not all tightly integrated.

This means that even the most cutting-edge manufacturers are not at the point where they can go from product…

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