Last night’s PechaKucha theme was “Makers & Shakers: New Manufacturing for the Small Business and the Big Picture”. The buzz about new manufacturing is picking up even more momentum. I was so excited to see this. Here is what left an impression on me.
"Consumerism is becoming activism", noted Marcel Botha, CEO of Spuni. There is a fundamental shift in the way we consume, and I agree with this specifically for consumer products because the way we consume food and fashion has already shifted.
In the U.S. our competitive edge is not in mass manufacturing. It’s in the 1-10,000 area, in small batch manufacturing. We should continue to do what we have been doing and what we have been good at, which is to innovate. A fact I did not know prior to the event: the industry with lowest rate of entrepreneurship is manufacturing. It’s time!
"Process is your product, execution is your edge" said the co-founders of RockPaperRobot. Because, what we’ve all heard from VCs, advisors, investors, ideas are cheap. A product is not born overnight. I love the new term “makufacturing” because it signifies evolution of the process, what my team and I are realizing at bhold and bhold labs.
Brian Meece, founder of RocketHub, said “Crowdfunding is becoming the new Like button. It’s a new form of content.” We’re in a new era of helping each other realize ideas, and the clearest form of support is by someone actually putting forth money to back your venture.
"Hyper-local is the new global." The maker revolution is bringing us back before the industrial revolution and before globalization, full circle to artisan days but with much better machines and tools.
The question of 3D printing being a scalable way to manufacture came up because the statement is that it is too slow and too difficult of a process. I will agree that it is a difficult process, with many failed builds and many file changes, but it will speed up over time. If 1-10,000 is how we’re thinking about all smaller scale manufacturing, then let’s say 3D printing fulfills the 1-999.
Lastly, RPR founders talked about how many say we are in a manufacturing renaissance, but that it’s not that romantic. What happens behind the scenes is indeed something much more chaotic and labor-intensive. Things are never as easy as they seem!
On Sunday September 22nd, I will be speaking on behalf of bhold on the Make: 3D Printing Stage at Maker Faire.
Why 3D Printing, Why Not Traditional Manufacturing
Join us for the discussions and come by to visit us in the 3D Printer Village!
"I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team."
—Diana Nyad, upon completing a swim from Cuba to Florida after five attempts over 35 years.
Miss Representation: Beyond showing how women’s portrayal in media affects our chances at positions of power and influence, the documentary shows how it ultimately affects our government policies and day-to-day life. This extends to every under-represented demographic. Decisions are made every day by a limited and thus biased set of leaders.
We’ve been accepted to exhibit at World Maker Faire New York on September 21 & 22, 2013. We will be showcasing our latest set of product designs as well as showing responsive product design in action.
See you all there!
With the high costs and limitations of 3D printing today, why should we expect it to affect traditional manufacturing?
The answer: rising labor costs, rising fuel costs and sharp progress in 3D printing.
We’ve put together this animated graphic to show the trend.
Rising labor costs
Since the 80s, China has been a manufacturing powerhouse for the world because of more open foreign policies, strong infrastructure and low labor costs. Now, with a maturing economy and a more educated workforce, labor costs will continue to rise, and our exchange rate against the yuan will continue to weaken.
While we have turned to other developing countries with manufacturing capabilities, the population in these countries is significantly smaller so it will be more difficult for them to sustain a significant level of low-cost manufacturing as long as China has.
Rising fuel costs
Another modern truth is rising fuel and thus shipping costs. Until we come up with a viable alternative energy source, this trend will naturally result in a shift from long-distance to more local manufacturing.
What to expect with 3D printing
With investment and technological innovation as well as expiring patents in early 2014, exciting times are ahead as 3D will become more widespread and cost-efficient. Within a couple of years, the entire ecosystem will expand and improve tremendously, from hardware to materials to software. We cannot wait.
3D printing will indeed change the future of manufacturing. After two centuries of industrial manufacturing, we will be able to come back almost full circle to an era where products can be more tailored to meet consumer demand, but this time with cooler machines, much better technology and newer materials.
more at Bhold’s blog
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Here is a nice post that highlights a few other fun exhibits on 3D printing that I missed at Maker Faire: