How Microfactories Can Bring Iterative Manufacturing to the Masses

ANDREW O'KEEFE and JASON DORRIER for Singularity Hub:  Humans manufacture a mind-numbing amount of stuff each year—ever wonder how we do it? In the past 100 or more years, it’s been all about economies of scale. This means you should make a lot of a thing because the more you make, the more your fixed expenses get spread out. This reduces the cost of each unit, from light bulbs to iPhones. Here’s the problem. It’s expensive to do a big manufacturing run. So, how do you know what to make in the first place? Often, it’s an educated guess based on prototypes and limited feedback, but you don’t really know until you try to sell a product—and by then, you’re fully committed, succeed or fail. Jay Rogers of Local Motors wants to upend common wisdom. Manufacturers should run through tons ofpotentially good ideas and then test them out to see if people actually want what they’re making before going full scale. And Rogers thinks microfactories are the way to do it.   Cont'd...

Maplesoft is now a SOLIDWORKS® Solutions Partner

Easy integration of Maple and MapleSim CAD Toolbox with SOLIDWORKS

Molex SL™ Wire-to-Wire Modular Connector System from Newark element14 for communications and industrial applications

Design flexibility for low-power signal applications in communications, industrial, automotive, medical and consumer electronics

RAPID - SME and Rapid News Publications Ltd to Partner on RAPID Event Beginning in 2017

The two organizations are combining their nearly 30 years of insights and experience in accelerating the adoption and advancement of 3D manufacturing technologies and are confident that the new event, to be renamed RAPID + TCT, will result in an increased impact on the U.S. manufacturing industry.

Quadrant CEO Says Automation Creates More Jobs Than It Replaces by 2:1

Despite alarmist predictions to the contrary, the development of newer and better ways to do things will lead to broader employment, better jobs and increased prosperity, per Quadrant Information Services CEO Michael Macauley.

Robots Helping Grads Get Jobs

Not many students can claim they have hands-on experience with automation and robotics going into an interview. Looking at the question with a macro lens, our students are offered job opportunities on being well-rounded, even at the sophomore-level when many accept summer/semester-long internships.

Industry 4.0 Propels Manufacturers to Cross-Industry Innovations

NEXCOM has planned four themed demonstrations that map out a complete solution blueprint for Industry 4.0 at the upcoming world leading trade fair for industrial technology, Hannover Messe.

AppDynamics to Speak at Internet of Things North America: "Efficiency in the Connected Factory"

Session focuses on ERP innovation in the modern factory

SPRING Technologies showcasing NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS at MMTS in Montreal, May 16 - 18

Discover the unified and software all-in-one platform to manage the complete machining process in booth #270

Dassault Systèmes Announces Four Global Events Dedicated to Design, Science, Manufacturing and Marketing in the "Age of Experience"

Milan, Boston, Shanghai and London Will See Communities of Software Experts Exchange on Game-Changing Technology for the Four Sectors

Industry 4.0 in Hannover Messe 2016 leads manufacturers to cross-industry innovations

Back in Hannover Messe 2011, Germany announced the Industry 4.0 concept and initiated the world's fourth industrial revolution. Since then, Hannover Messe has become a focal point for Industry 4.0 innovations. As Hannover Messe 2016 closes in, the exhibition will once again be surrounded by various Industry 4.0-related hot topics such as integrated industry, smart manufacturing and more. Coming soon on April 25 to 29, Hannover Messe 2016 will be based on the theme "Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions", which aims to provide an interpretation of the smart manufacturing model of Industry 4.0. As a Taiwanese company with deep expertise in IoT automation, NEXCOM has planned four themed demonstrations that map out a complete solution blueprint for industry 4.0 in the upcoming event. Joe Lin, General Manager of NEXCOM's IoT Automation Solutions Business Group, states, "Early Industry 4.0 solutions focused on the lower layers of factory communication where IoT gateways were used to integrate different industrial protocols, bridging the Industry 4.0 last mile connection to fulfill the 'connected' concept. Now in 2016, NEXCOM will extend the pathway to the cloud through NEXCOM IoT Studio configuration tool and IoT gateways, which consolidate the management and connection of factory field devices onto a unified control interface, accelerating data aggregation. This will enable a two-way field-to-cloud connection for big data analytics, promoting development for more Industry 4.0 applications."   Cont'd...

Metallized Carbon Corporation Offers Modern Carbon-Graphite Self-Lubricating Materials Ideal for Aerospace Gearbox Face Seals

Offering a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties in a high speed environment

What Do Device Developers And Design Engineers Need To Know About Membrane Keypads And Touch Pads

The evolution of innovative input devices is far from over. New technologies and products are revolutionizing the market all the time.

AMS CAD + CAFM Solutions Partners With NexGenCAM to Provide CAM Efficiency Software

Through this partnership, AMS CAD + CAFM Solutions is now authorized to sell HSM Integrated CAM software, the next generation of CNC machine tool programming, to the CAM Industry.

Change in the Manufacturing Sector Dominates Keynotes on Day One of IQMS Pinnacle User Conference

Pinnacle presenters from ARC Advisory Group, Oracle, and IQMS examined the impact of sustainable practices, big data, mobile computing, and the cloud on manufacturers

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