Tag Archives: 3D printing

Made Smarter Review – is the UK ready for 4i0?

The government has just published the Made Smarter Review.  This 231 page industry-led report explores “how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits from increasing adoption of digital technology (IDT)”.  The adoption of industrial digital technology, over the next 10 years, “could … Continue reading

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How to navigate the “digital deluge”

This article from Deloitte Insights is focused on how companies in the oil and gas industry can engage in digital transformation.  But it is also of general interest for two reasons.  First, it identifies the notion of a ‘digital deluge’ … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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Supply chain trends – driven by digital

Bain & Company have an interesting infographic that identifies seven trends digitally-driven trends in the supply chain (here).  I list them here: Hyper segmentation – using analytics to indentify individual customer needs Additive manufacturing – 3D printing, automation, etc Focus … Continue reading

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Operations insights from Stratasys

Stratasys is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution.  On its website it has over 100 “case studies” of how the technology is being applied across eleven different industry sectors, including the entertainment industry.  This page includes video of … Continue reading

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How to ‘grow’ houses rather than build them

Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains.  MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called … Continue reading

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3D printing saves £15,000+ in treating cancer patients

I’ve blogged before about 3D printing and its potential to transform a wide range of different operations.  Here’s an example, on the manufacturer.com website, of how it is being applied to surgery on the head and face of patients with trauma, cancer, … Continue reading

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The beauty of 3D printing

This small story about biologist Adele Bakhtiarova setting up a company called Voir Creations to 3D print customised eyelash curlers caught my eye.  It illustrates a number of interesting points… 1.  Entrepreneurs often emerge due to an obsession they have … Continue reading

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Additive manufacturing in the aviation industry

Interesting piece on the MIT Technology Review website that explores how aircraft manufacturers are adopting and adapting additive processes.  This enables them to manufacture components in new materials and with new properties.   The implication of this is that aero … Continue reading

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3D printer/scanner/copier/fax machine that sits on your desk

AIO Robotics’ ZEUS machine is primarily designed for prototyping in design, engineering and architecture.  But AIO’s founders believe it could be quickly adopted by the medical profession to manufacture small prosthetics and dental wear.   Longer term they believe their machine, … Continue reading

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