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The Factory of the Future

Posted by Kim Carbon on Feb 22, 2017 4:17:16 PM

From increased efficiency in supply chains to the shift to customization-oriented production, the manufacturing sector is now witnessing a fundamental transformation in many of its factories.

Referred to as the Factory of the Future, this transformation across the global manufacturing landscape is seen as the outcome of advancements in automation, coupled with developments in information technology. In other words, companies are finding ways, if they haven’t started already, to have  smarter integrations between their digital capabilities and their physical production systems. For instance, the innovations happening in information and communication technology (ICT) and how they are leveraged in the Internet of Things (IoT), allow manufacturers to better capture critical data that can help them improve their value chain. The emergence of new manufacturing technologies, on the other hand, give manufacturers the flexibility they need in their production lines to become more responsive to the market demands.

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Topics: industry insight, factory of the future

Get the Freedom You Need to Make the Most Out of Your 3D Printer

Posted by Elijah Post on Feb 20, 2017 3:23:10 PM

People are able to build great things when they have the freedom to explore every available option free of the fear that their attempts to do so will have destructive consequences.

When we jailbreak our phones or soup up our engines, we lose the guarantee that the manufacturer will stand behind the product they sold to us. This isn’t uncommon or necessarily bad, of course. Product makers need to keep their support burden as low as possible, and limit the number of things that can go wrong with their products to keep the vast majority of their customers happy.

But it’s not enough for a manufacturer to simply cover their liabilities at the expense of customers having the freedom to do more with their products.

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Topics: warranty, Products

Why Did My Print Fail? (Infographic)

Posted by Danny Schmitz on Feb 17, 2017 1:36:13 PM

With the nature of 3D printing, sometimes prints will fail. From experienced user to first time 3D printer, it happens to the best of us. The best way to stop failures from becoming a trend is to be able to identify what kind of failure you are experiencing, what the cause of the failure is, why it happens, and how to fix it.

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Topics: 3D prints, tech stuff

The Value of Accessible and Open Source

Posted by Elijah Post on Feb 17, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

The 3D printing world as you know and love it today would not have been possible without the work of Adrian Boyer, Bath University, and the RepRap project.

It has been 12 years since Professor Boyer’s initial groundbreaking work into the concept of self replicating rapid prototyping machines. If you haven't seen the video that was produced shortly thereafter, I highly encourage you to do so.

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Topics: company

3D Printing Helps Drive Accessible Entertainment in Movie Theaters

Posted by Kim Carbon on Feb 14, 2017 2:04:29 PM

Previously, we shared a story about the Media Accessible Design (MAD) Lab at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired which serves as a design and development venue for the LightHouse staff and members of the community to leverage different tools such as 3D printing to provide the visually impaired more access to learning and information. Their pursuit of technology development to further this cause, however, does not end at their laboratory of innovation. As we learned from our recent visit to their headquarters at San Francisco, LightHouse is raising their use of additive manufacturing technology to another level.

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Topics: series 1 pro, user story

Students Harness the Power of 3D Printing with the Series 1 Pro

Posted by Kim Carbon on Feb 13, 2017 3:06:34 PM

Image courtesy of 3D Printr Magazine.

It is no secret that 3D printing has been transforming the manufacturing and design processes of many businesses, especially as it gains popularity and adoption across numerous industries. Along with other emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and robotics, 3D printing is forecasted to dominate in the coming years, creating disruptions in the manufacturing landscape. In support of this forthcoming industry change, a number of educational institutions have been gearing up to prepare students for what is best described as the “Factory of the Future” - one of these institutions is the Santa Monica College (SMC) Continuing Education.

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Topics: series 1 pro, user story, education