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Artificial intelligence is likely to define the coming decade. It has already begun to increase its footprint in engineering software, where generative design applications automatically optimize CAD designs to best fit the functional definition of a part—including how it will be manufactured. There is more to come. Software vendors are also developing AI systems to advise engineers on materials selection and compliance. Meanwhile, robotic process automation (RPA) software enables bots to blast through such clerical engineering chores like auditing change orders, managing bills of materials, and searching for opportunities to standardize parts among multiple products.