The Next Big Thing
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Bits, atoms and logistics

cloud factory.pngMany times when we think about 3D printing, we think about it in the garage or kitchen. Incrementally, the next big thing is likely the merger of cloud computing, additive manufacturing and logistics.

 

Anyone who has experimented with 3D printing (at least with low end devices) knows that it is full of trial and error and at least as many failures as successes. That is not a recipe for consumer success.

 

On the other hand, I can easily see the use of cloud computing techniques and modern logistics to merge into a specialized manufacturing facility (that have the experts and techniques to drive out the variability), who  can quickly ship just about anything that can be 3D printed quickly, in volume, just about anywhere. If done at a logistics hub (e.g., Memphis), some interesting possibly can develop, since you'll be moving the atoms more efficiently.

 

They can provide product lifecycle management functionality as well.

 

As the quality of 3D printing devices increase, the need for these specialized facilitates may decrease but I doubt we’ll see that anytime soon.

Comments
Kravu pārvadājumi(anon) | ‎09-03-2013 06:57 PM

Soon we will just buy image of goods on internet and print it out on printer :smileyhappy: not so briliant future

Solid Engineering(anon) | ‎09-05-2013 10:36 AM

3d printing  always with new exciting discoveries.It's great!

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