Vicki Holt of Proto Labs via The Huffington Post: It wasn’t long ago that 3D printing was one of the buzziest technologies around. We watched as a 3D printer recreated a bust of Stephen Colbert on TV. We heard from industry analysts who were bullish on adoption of the technology. We imagined a future with a 3D printer in every home when major retailers began selling them online and in stores. Fast forward to today. The potential of 3D printing remains enormous. Global spend on the technology is expected to climb from $11 billion in 2015 to nearly $27 billion in 2019. But with all of the early excitement now behind us, where does 3D printing stand today? And where will it go in the future? It can be summed up in three key developments. Cont'd...
Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are far more than technology buzzwords; instead the possibilities of these technologies are almost impossible to imagine and overestimating their potential is difficult.
The smart factory is a direct way for manufacturers to excel in a competitive and dynamic marketplace.
As more manufacturers are encouraged by the idea of 3D printing, they realize the limitations of the process, as 3D printing still needs refinement in its materials, finish, durability, cost and speed before it can be utilized for mass production.
There is still much work to be done with regard to technological advancement and operational process before the 2016 trends peak, but there's no doubt that the manufacturing industry is evolving like never before.
Intels Antony Neal-Graves has shared his initial thoughts on how the industrial landscape will evolve in 2017.
We find ourselves at a significant intersecting point in manufacturing history with growth and innovation driving manufacturing technology. 3D printing is about to change the world and manufacturers are capturing the moment.
Automotive manufacturers are seeking ways to simultaneously embrace big data, stay flexible, and continue to innovate ahead of fellow automakers and new competition from Silicon Valley.
The SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), especially the parts manufacturing factories will swell with the success of the 3D printer.
In the face of increased global competitiveness, the pressure to innovate is on. Given this pressure and the industry's disappearing labor force, A&D executives are turning to automation to ensure the consistent productivity of their facilities.
Operators will soon be able to test and optimize the machine settings for the next product in line in the virtual world before they make the physical change-over.
We have demonstrated the ability to electrospin liquid CHS into silicon nanowires that when blended with carbon lead to performance comparable to that achieved by CVD grown silicon nanowires but at reduced cost and simplified scaling.
All these companies are logistics and material handling vendors and times are changing in logistics and fulfillment
The Tesla factory in Fremont, California, and the Gigafactory in Nevada are monuments to science and progress.
Process and device will become inseparable. This is the direction were heading in and it is all powered by the capabilities of Industry 4.0.
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