“You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.”
– James R. Sherman
1. I Push Rhymes Like Batteries
Weight is an important factor in transportation, and even Ice Cube knows batteries are heavy. While batteries can be leveraged to improve the efficiency of vehicles, their weight impact goes underrated. Reducing the weight of batteries through an additive process will enable increased adoption and longer life.
2. I Collect Data; I Must Be S-M-R-T
The amount of data generated in manufacturing processes has increased due to advancements in technology, but there is a need to filter and analyze this data to extract valuable insights. Transformation tools and talent are vital to achieve meaningful insights and action from data. Instead of asking what data we should collect, ask what problem we are solving.
3. Metrology and Additive Go Hand in Hand
The robustness of additive has come a long way, but this process can go wrong. Very wrong. Have you seen 3DBenchy test prints on Reddit? Big “put it out of its misery” vibes. Incorporating metrology into various stages in the process from design to build will help you achieve the first part correctly.
4. Robots as a Service
Robots and automation are in a wave of adoption, and manufacturing technology as a service will only continue to grow. RAAS can help accelerate the adoption of robotics by reducing upfront costs and providing access to advanced technologies and expertise.
5. Yes, Additive Prosthetics for Animals Is Cute
I am always on the hunt for useful use cases for additive – not just printing but the entire life-cycle of the part. The last video on this list of top five videos of 3D printing use cases resonated with me. From using the lidar on a smartphone for boundary conditions to designing and manufacturing the harness for animals, it made me smile.
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