Product Information Management: The Business of Data

« Back to Blog home pageRegardless of size – you should build your business on Fusion 360. The Business Of Fusion 360

It’s safe to say that if you clicked on this post, you are probably one of the following, a business owner, manager, someone who is hoping to turn their practice into a business, or someone who likes efficiency gains.

Like Clayton Christianson said in the Innovators Dilemma, “Processes and values define how resources…are combined to create value.” And for you, the business, Fusion 360 has and is developing resources and tools that provide direct benefit to your process.

As a primer, our VP of Fusion 360, Stephen Hooper, had a great blog post about the value of data and the forward-thinking outlook on managing, storing, and deploying data tools for our end users. If you haven’t read it, check it out, it’s about a 3-5min read.

Now to the point.

PIM and Forge for Manufacturing

What is it? How can you use PIM features in Fusion 360 now? What will you be able to do with Forge for Manufacturing in the future?

Information management is not a “new” concept in making things; architecture and construction have been doing it for years in buildings. However, what is new and explosively powerful is its use in manufacturing. With PIM (Product Information Management) and Forge for Manufacturing, you can manage and engage every aspect of the product development lifecycle regardless of 3rd party tools you currently use. What this means is that you can move your entire practice to one singular tool, Fusion 360.

PIM allows your business to deliver seamless data connectivity and automation between Autodesk and 3rd party applications as well as deploy tools in Fusion 360 Teams. Simply put from design, manufacturing, to deployment PIM lets you be in control of every aspect of your business.

Manufacturing is estimated to be a 13 trillion dollar industry globally, and it’s only growing. Simply put, business is good and getting better, but it’s also getting more complicated, which requires you, the company, to be better organized.

What is not an estimation is that manufacturing impacts every person’s life through the products we use daily. Whether for work, personal use, or pleasure. Manufacturing is the key to functionality in life.

Just like architecture, how we make things impacts how we live and what we invest our time in. For those of you who make things, you unequivocally know the sheer energy involved in creating something. The mountains of information, processes, and options can and often do hit you like an avalanche. But, the future is here, and Fusion 360 and Autodesk are leading it.

Using PIM and Forge for Manufacturing to inform your product as a concept is simple; PIM gives users access to data and collaborative capabilities through design concurrency and analytics or automation. Forge for Manufacturing allows you to engage with the mountain of other tools and processes you employ to be a highly functional business. Now, instead of isolated groups developing independently from one another, or 3rd party software vendors muddying the process, you have a unique tool that allows groups to deeply collaborate while staying out of the way of one another.

But it goes further than in-product engineering and design capabilities. Product Information Management helps

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