Benchmarking (and implementing) 3D software for 3D printing may be a key area to win a business case in 3D printing and to improve your future efficiency. This is where software consulting for Additve makes sense. The market is undergoing huge changes with new players and start-ups competing with well-established vendors from the old CAD- or PDM- / ERP-space in the domain of 3D printing. Sometimes conventional software is not made for 3D printing.
So, even running niche-applications different from your main software-systems may make sense, but only if not establishing an extra silo. To integrate this niche application into your existing software landscape and workflows can be a challenge. This need and the intransparency of the 3D software marketplace in general makes it hard to identify a best-fit solution. In the end, you as a customer like to find a strategic and functional fit within your digital process chain to comply with your established end-to-end workflow.
There is little room for redundancy, in-efficiency and loss of data when dealing with interfaces. With Rest-APIs and standard CAD data-interface problems can be avoided. And you may be in a better position to handle data being passed on from one application to another.