3D printing

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Cruising at Altitude

Q&A with Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group about how aerospace growth has hit cruise control and what's coming up next.

The aviation industry has rarely looked so good, and that has Richard Aboulafia concerned. The self-described “Cassandra” of aviation, the vice president of analysis at Teal Group warns that industry players shouldn’t anticipate another dozen years like the ones that just passed — with ever-climbing demand and record-high deliveries. “I don’t see any reason to disrupt this […]

The 3D Week in Review

With all the talk about technology in the real world versus fantasyland, here’s why a 3D-printing boom is no fantasy.

We’ve been seeing things in 3D all week here at Longitudes. We’re constantly looking to the future – and not just because of “Back to the Future” Day, though it was fun comparing the cinematic version of Oct. 21, 2015, to real life. In the movie, Marty McFly travels three decades in time to save […]

How Tech Firms are Driving the 3D Printing Revolution

In the not-too-distant future, we will look back at this moment as the dawn of a new era in printing.

Leave it to the high-tech industry to finally find the right use for 3D printers, a futurist technology that has fired imaginations for more than three decades even as it struggled to find its practical niche in commercial or consumer markets. New data from UPS reveal that 70 percent of high-tech companies have at least […]

3D Printing the Soul

The Industrial Internet faces a big challenge in space — and some of the greatest opportunities for breakthroughs in machine-to-machine communication and Big Data analytics.

Q&A With Adam Steltzner Of NASA The explosion of data being emitted from everything from hospital monitors to deep-sea oil wells to jet engines is demanding increasingly robust Big Data analytical tools. But perhaps the greatest test for collecting and analyzing data is at the “final frontier,” with the challenges of beaming back information and […]

If You Can Imagine It, You Can Make It

What small business owners need to know right now about 3D printing.

There’s a lot of hype in the headlines about 3D printing. And from my recent discussion with Daniel Remba from The UPS Store, there’s reason behind it: If you understand what the technology does better than any other manufacturing tool, it can be a game changer for your business. Daniel is the small business technology […]

Five Trends That Will Shape Our 3D Printed Future

Will living in a 3D-printed future really be that much different than today? Who knows for sure?

Self-repairing pipes. Printed organs. Bulletproof t-shirts. Seriously? In April I was asked to speak at the annual TED conference in Vancouver (following Bill Gates…gulp) on the topic of 3D printing production and its implications. I have detailed my thoughts on why the shift to 3D printing production is not only likely but inevitable in articles […]

Disruption and Opportunity In The New Aftermarket

In times of great technological upheaval, optimizing a supply chain provides a competitive advantage to companies of all sizes.

We’re living in the age of disruption – and that is increasingly true for the automotive aftermarket. Technology is empowering customers to dictate more of their purchasing experience, and consumers are more educated than ever before about each and every step in a given supply chain. Like in other industries, automotive consumers expect to get […]

The End of the Assembly Line?

Self-building 3D printed bricks hint at future without assembly lines.

A new study has shown that high frequency vibrations can cause bricks to self-assemble into a larger 3D object, a finding that may one day help do away with the need for factory assembly lines. The findings, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, signal a key advancement in programmable self-assembly, which was previously thought […]

7 Ways 3D Printing Is Disrupting Global Manufacturing

Why this innovation renaissance will only accelerate.

3D printing production is still in its infancy, but it is already inevitable. And if you look closely, you will find numerous indications that this historic shift is already well underway. For the last decade, 3D printing has been the playground of the maker community, while commercial applications have been limited to prototyping. But now, […]

3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

3D printing production is still in its infancy, but it is already inevitable.

3D printing production is just scratching the surface of the multi-trillion dollar global manufacturing industry. But its dominance is already pre-determined. This is because modern manufacturing, despite numerous technological and process advances over the last century, is still a very inefficient global system. Today’s world of mass production is based on one simple rule: the […]

3D Printing Is About To Change The World Forever

Industrial 3D printing will forever change the world as we know it. Are you ready?

I believe, along with a growing number of leaders around the world, that 3D printing will change the way things are produced more in this century than the industrial revolution did over the last 300 years. Consider these two recent events: A little over a year ago, a young Indonesian man named Arie Kurniawan participated […]

On a Mission for Enthusiasm at the Paris Air Show

Q&A with aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia

The Paris Air Show is the Cannes Festival of aviation — the annual event where top industry players go to see and be seen, whether it’s inking jumbo jet deals or unveiling the smartest technologies rocket science has to offer. Given ongoing uncertainty about the global economy, this year’s fete may not feature the blockbuster […]

Medicine in 3D

How 3D printers are changing healthcare.

Bioprinting, 3D printing with cellular materials, is currently well on the way to becoming the next big thing in personalised medicine. In the laboratory of the Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration group at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology Matti Kesti presents the latest results of their research: a bowl filled with nutrient solution contains […]

The Future of Tech

The high-tech industry changes fast--blink and you’ll miss something.

The high-tech consumer electronics industry is poised for tremendous growth as a gadget-loving public clamors for the latest and greatest technology. This year’s drivers are smart phones, HD TVs and tablets, but other revolutionary innovations are on the horizon and promise to change the world in immeasurable ways. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), […]

The Age of Adaptation

Understanding the new wave of technological breakthroughs that are reshaping the economy.

The world needs to stop looking backward. Since the 2008 financial crisis, we have wasted far too much energy trying to return to the days of rapid economic expansion. The flawed assumption that the post-crisis world’s challenges were only temporary has underpinned policies that have yielded only lackluster recoveries, while failing to address key problems […]

The Rise of Brilliant Machines

Advanced Materials Inspired by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov pushed the boundaries of what was once thought to be physical limitations. He made people dream about how to make things easier, faster and lighter. Those dreams have inspired my work, and are exactly what we do today in material science and manufacturing. Asimov predicted that our use of gadgets would advance far […]

The Next Layer of 3D Printing

Adding the Next Layer to Additive Manufacturing

The promise of additive is palpable; realizing its full potential will require us to address gaps and enable new capabilities. Additive manufacturing has begun to generate real excitement within the larger manufacturing community. For a long time in many industrial sectors, additive has been known as a great tool for rapidly prototyping new design concepts. […]