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How 3D Technology is Transporting Manufacturing into A New Dimension

Cloud storage for product lifecycle management

Many enterprise software programs are already migrating to cloud-based storage. However, research suggests that platforms such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) have been much faster to embrace the move than product lifecycle management (PLM) programs.

Virtual reality for product design

If you’re a sci-fi aficionado, you’re probably familiar with the work of William Gibson. He’s been predicting the rise of virtual reality through his novels since the late 1980s. When he first experienced the new technology in 2015, the 67-year-old author simply proclaimed, “they did it”.


During the nineteenth century, Britain reigned supreme in the realm of ceramics manufacturing. The Stoke-on-Trent region in particular — aptly nicknamed ‘The Potteries’ — dominated the industry. In fact, ceramics manufactured in the area are still perceived to be among the best quality in the world.

Where is the bill of materials?

The creation of a Bill of Materials (BOM) is a fundamental part of product development. However, manufacturers are often unsure at what stage the BOM comes in. Here we consider the value of creating a BOM early on in a project.

Adding value to PLM for the SME

In Leo Lionni's bestselling book Swimmy, a school of smaller fish team up and swim as one, to avoid being eaten by the larger creatures. The story sums up the challenges faced by SMEs, especially when it comes to product development.

Fast and friendly 3D viewing

Apple is one company that certainly deserves a central place in the world’s design hall of fame. The company’s success can be summarised by just two simple principles: products have to be easy to use and they have to create great customer experiences.

The growing role of PLM in compliance management

The advantages of PLM software are widely understood: improved product quality, lower development costs, and a significant reduction in waste. However, one benefit that does not get as much attention is PLM's support of regulatory compliance.

Improving manufacturing with PLM

No one hates being faced with an unexpected problem more than manufacturers. During the design and build process, unplanned events can increase cycle times and have a detrimental impact on working hours and the management of materials.

Bob Hillier, managing director at Design Rule

The human body contains over 600 muscles and more than 200 bones. Although the muscular and skeletal systems fulfil separate functions, they also work together to facilitate movement. PLM and ERP work together in a similar way.

Prepare for product as a service

Global power systems company, Rolls Royce, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 'Power-by-the-Hour' approach to engine maintenance management, and companies from the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors are following suit.

An executive view of PLM

Known as ‘the man who conquered the world’, Alexander the Great was one of the most illustrious leaders of all time. The three things that made him exceptional were his foresight, vision and military capabilities.

Choosing the right PLM software

Here Bob Hillier, managing director of PLM software provider, Design Rule discusses the five things to consider when choosing a PLM system and provider.

What’s new in our PLM Toolsets

Update for DesignRule Tools for ENOVIA SmarTeam


Kisters’ 3DViewStation is their CAD analysis and Digital Mockup tool available as both a desktop and an ActiveX version, there is also a HTML5 WebViewer version available.

Product Development, Intellectual Property Management and other business problems

Take a look at this list of problems - do you find any of these keeping you awake at night?

Our PLM solutions can help - read on to find out how.

Guest Bloggers Invited

At Design Rule we are keen to spread the good word about Product Lifecycle Mangement and how it fits in with other critical business solutions.

We invite you to contribute to our library of useful information and tips.


We are hugely excited to announce that Design Rule and Deeo have been awarded the prestigious role of providing Dassault Systèmes 3DEXCITE software, solutions, and CGI services, throughout the UK.

Value Solutions Platinum Partner - Dassault Systemes

Design Rule are delighted to have been awarded Dassault Systèmes Platinum Partner status.This achievement, representing the highest level of recognition a value-added reseller can achieve, is awarded to over-achieving partners in the Value Solutions channel in acknowledgement of their proficiency in Dassault Systèmes solutions, as well as their

Morgan Motors PLM upgrade

Design Rule Ltd, a leading supplier of Dassault Systèmes Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology and services has announced that it had been selected to manage Morgan Motors PLM upgrade to the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform from SmarTeam.

Design Rule exhibits at Engineering Design Show 2016

Design Rule will exhibit its range of 3D design solutions at the Engineering Design Show 2016, on stand D72. The exhibition will run between 19th - 20th October. We will be demonstrating the 3DEXPERIENCE design platform, alongside KISTERS 3DViewStation.

PLM provider Design Rule and ERP supplier Columbus join forces

Design Rule has partnered with global ERP consultancy Columbus to offer customers a fully-integrated solution to business and production process management. This partnership will bring integrated support to organisations using both of the PLM and ERP platforms.

Providing a platform for 3D visualisation

Design Rule, witnessed an increasing demand for high performance 3D viewing solutions in the product design sector. Seeking an application capable of managing both large and complex CAD data, Design Rule started working with KISTERS and became authorised UK distributors.

Product lifecycle management expert

Design Rule will host an online webinar that explores how companies can integrate product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) across the enterprise, using the SOLIDWORKS Connector within Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

On the 28 & 29th May 2016 the team consisting of Luke Austin, Ian Williams and Kosta Kyritsis attended the Spa 10hr event ran by Club100.

The event, hosted over the two days, was split into 4 rounds to make the club100 European championship, the 4 rounds were as follows;

Phil Jones, our in-house ENOVIA infrastructure specialist, has been working with the ENOVIA platform for over 16 years and 3DEXPERIENCE for over 6 years. Having previously completed his White Belt certification, he is now the first person in the UK to complete his 3DX Architecture Green Belt certification.

Phil Jones, our in-house Infrastructure Specialist, has been volunteering with SARA for over a year now and is on-call (when not at work) as a Land Search and Swift Water Rescue Technician.

We are currently looking for a PLM Developer to join our growing Product Life Cycle Management solutions team based in Silverstone.

Bob Hillier, managing director of Design Rule

Product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Design Rule is hosting a webinar for companies who want to improve the way they create and manage project documentation for global teams. Design Rule will give viewers an insight into what they can achieve using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Product lifecycle management and enterprise research planning

Product lifecycle management (PLM) software expert Design Rule has partnered with global enterprise resource planning (ERP) consultancy Columbus to offer customers a fully-integrated solution to business and production process management.

Northampton Knights Finish in 2nd Place

Elite Karting League (EKL) Round 1 – Northampton Knights

Meggitt improves document management with ENOVIA

Everyone knows the Wright brothers as the inventors of the modern aeroplane. However, not everyone is familiar with the reason they won the title. It was not that their machine was the first ever to fly, but because it was the first one that could be controlled while in the air.

Strategic Simulations and Analysis Limited (SSA)

Design Rule have recently entered a partnership with Strategic Simulation & Analysis Limited (SSA), a partner for the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA product range which includes Abaqus simulation products and associated training and implementation.

Daytona Cup at the Race of Champions

The team consisting of Luke Austin, Kosta Kyritsis and Jamie Tanser, arrived at the stadium at 7am having never raced as a team before and with minimal experience in the karts they were to drive, Team Design Rule didn’t know what to expect from the race.

The karts were 125cc 2 stroke DMAX karts maintained by Daytona Motorsport.

Charity Golf Weekend

For the second year in a row, Kevin Stokes from Design Rule recently entered his team in The Captain's Charity Golf Weekend at Gorleston Golf Club in Great Yarmouth.

Design Rule at DSEI 2015

Spread across four days and with many of our existing customers including Meggitt, Marshall and Babcock already exhibiting, it made sense for us to not only attend DSEI but to exhibit. It was great to catch up with many of our existing customers as well as the team at Dassault Systèmes.

DSEI, Aerospace and Defence, PLM, ITAR

Visit us at DSEI on stand N2-367 to see how our solutions can help the Aerospace and Defence supply chain, win bids, speed up design process, ensure compliance and streamline the whole process right up to manufacture.

Design Rule move to new offices at Silverstone F1 racetrack

Design Rule, a trusted leading arm of Europe’s second largest software vendor Dassault Systèmes, says re-locating to high performance technology and motor sport (HPTM) business estate Silverstone Park has been “immediately worth it”.