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I generally catch up on my "business" reading on Sunday mornings with a bottomless cup of coffee and jazz, and though it wasn't news to me, an article I read this morning pointed out once again the importance of keeping up with technology and taking some of the associated risks with becoming an "early adopter". The article, entitled "Are You Prepared for the Next Generation of Manufacturing?", written by Warren Smith (an industry consultant with Infor), is the first of a series being posted on the Industry Week website. The message to manufacturers is that understanding (and in my opinion, adopting) the key technologies leading the industry today is essential to take on the future of manufacturing. In this competitive market, a vendor can't rely on long standing relationships and customer service to hold on to business - loyalty in the rapidly changing future will be dictated by attention to meeting shorter deadlines, better predicting product performance, and providing innovation that companies need before the end users think of it themselves. I'll go a step further and state that manufacturers had best pay attention to these ...

For years Autodesk has used catch phrases like "Digital Prototyping" and "Experience Your Ideas Before They're Real" to convey the concept that earlier validation and sign-off on designs can reduce errors, increase throughput, and shorten development cycles. Early adopters of this concept realized that expressing a design through a 3D model provided the opportunity for differentiation in competitive markets from those who merely provided a pretty picture, or 2D drawings replete with layers of uninterpretable linework. The BIG benefits for companies using 3D (after winning a project) could also include higher margins on projects, shorter time to market, and a reduction in the "gotchas" of unforeseen interferences/clashes within assemblies and field failures later. So when going about the process of creating new, previously unproven designs, seeing it in 3D is nice, but to the consumer, machinist or builder, the 3D proof is in the printed pudding. The big hurdles in generating a conceptual model have always been the tying up of expensive machinery, manpower and material costs, when in reality, the end user may simply need to get the ...

Often times, as the “least technical” (or at least “industry identified”) member of the Applied team, I’m intrigued by fairly off beat aspects of the BIM/Technology conversation….Last Sunday afternoon I was listening to “Living on Earth.” This week’s show featured a segment called “The Hermit Crab Housing Crisis.” Seriously. But stick with me here. The interesting thing was as a response to a shortage of natural-material housing (i.e., shells) for hermit crabs, aficionados are turning to more high tech solutions. In this case the CEO of a 3D-printer manufacturer began exploring using his firm’s printers to create housing for crabs! I encourage you to give the show a listen—Click here to read a transcript of “The Hermit Crab Housing Crisis” and links to other links to sites fascinating uses for 3D printers. Take a minute to consider that amazing ways that familiar technologies can be turned on its head to provide an answer to a perplexing problem.