NEW YORK ā€“ A decade ago, engineers still were talking about using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) simply to replace old-fashioned blueprints. Now its successor, product lifecycle management (PLM) software, is driving the entire vehicle development process. ā€œWithout PLM, you would not have the number of launches or proliferation of models today,ā€ says Richard Gerth, a research scientist with the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI. ā€œPLM is not ...

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