Technological advancements and automation are drastically transforming the way in which goods are produced. Once dramatized in science fiction novels and films, the concept of machines performing functions and tasks once assigned to humans is now a reality in factories and companies throughout the country.
Ensuring Profitable customization of Automotive Interiors
In the US, Automotive businesses specializing in interior repair or design of aftermarket products are on the rise. The industry employs about 337,629 people, rakes in roughly $42 billion annually, and grew more than 2.0 percent per year between 2012 and 2017.
Yet, even with this increased demand, the economics of building and sustaining these businesses can be extremely challenging. Transitioning to digital solutions has proven to be an easy-to-implement and cost-effective way to address this challenge.
The Microfactory: The Key to Surviving and Thriving in an On-Demand World
In a world where next-day shipping is a consumer expectation, it’s safe to say that consumers aren’t interested in waiting for weeks or months for products. This new consumer climate is challenging brands, retailers and manufacturers to find innovative ways to produce their products.
Enabling Cost-effective use of Composite Materials in Aircraft Design
The use of composite materials has become common, if not required in aircraft design. When Boeing rolled out its new 787 Dreamliner in 2012, it boasted that the aircraft was 50 percent composite material. New aircraft rolling off the line today almost all incorporate some type of composite material into their designs.
The strength to weight advantages as well as the opportunity to consolidate components, to precisely control part loading and to innovate shapes to address capacity, and other performance concerns are primary incentives for their use.
Conversely, cost of materials and manufacturing methods post the key drawback to employing these composites more broadly. Digital patterning and production automation technologies provide a simple way for aircraft manufacturers to address these challenges.
Is It Time For a 3D “Gut Check”?
3D technology is growing among apparel retailers and brands. However, many brands and retailers are relying on 3D alone to meet consumer demands which is leaving them frustrated. The real value is an end-to-end solution, not a feature, that will facilitate On-Demand Manufacturing or what some are calling the "Microfactory”.