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4 Powerful Trends in Product Design

What will the factories of the future look like?

Steve Melito | FuzeHub

What will the factories of the future look like? Energy-efficient buildings and advanced production technologies are part of the plan, but what about product design and development?

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Four manufacturing trends will change how designers do their jobs.

For technology futurist Jordan Brandt, four manufacturing trends will change how designers do their jobs. Is your company ready for meta materials, more powerful platforms, greater personalization and hyperconnectivity?   

Data-driven design

First, Brandt predicts that data will drive the design of next-generation materials with properties that aren’t observable in nature.

Today, processes such as casting, molding, forming and machining are used to produce materials with uniform bulk properties. Thanks to additive manufacturing, however, product designers are already excited about meta materials such as metals that shrink when heated.

[Also on Longitudes: Bridging the Gap Between Design and Recyclability]

Powerful platforms

Second, Brandt predicts that designers can expect even more powerful platforms for communication and collaboration.

Today’s tools don’t just include Google Drive and Dropbox. Distributed teams of designers are using cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) products such as Autodesk PLM 360.

As applications for the cloud grow and spread, engineers can look forward to even more robust solutions.

Product personalization 

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AI coupled with hyperconnectivity can advance decision making, productivity and profitability.

Third, Brandt foresees greater product personalization. From Coke cans to clothing to medical implants, buyers are already learning that they can find more than just mass-produced goods.

What consumers are willing to pay for, however, isn’t just about individual preferences. In a weak economy with job insecurity and stagnant wages, novelty items may lose their marketing power.

[Also on Longitudes: 7 Ways 3D Printing is Disrupting Global Manufacturing]

Future of connectivity 

Fourth and finally, Brandt focuses upon the future of connectivity. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) isn’t just about robots, smart manufacturing, and sensors.

Ultimately, manufacturers need to analyze all of that Big Data. That’s where artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with so-called “hyperconnectivity” can advance decision making, productivity and profitability. goldbrown2

This article first appeared on FuzeHub and was republished with permission.

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Steve Melito is an Industry Writer for FuzeHub.

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