Why manufacturing needs design

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Imagine being able to design a car by slipping on a virtual reality headset or creating weapons technology with 3D panoramic models -- and never having to leave your office.

As businesses go global and teams are scattered around the world, the idea of herding everyone into the same room for a meeting seems quaint.

So companies are using technology to get creative. It's making the manufacturing world feel smaller -- and saving dollars, too.

First published October 27, 2016: 8:28 AM ET