Possible Elimination of Warehouses due for Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing - 3D R Printing

On May 17th 2016, Lucas Mearian wrote an article for Computer World that talks about how digital manufacturing could possibly eliminate warehouses with the potential on demand production capabilities.

With the rise of 3D printing, there is less need for producing items to anticipate orders that are demanded. Before 3D printers and computers, there were many blue prints and paperwork that was required for build plans. But with the digital age progressing, digital files can replace the paperwork.

Now, engineers and designers are working to fully understand 3D printing to decrease lead times.

Here is what John Vickers, principal technologist for NASA’s space technology mission directorate has to say about this topic.

"What we need in our design organizations is someone who doesn't have those cultural biases [and who says] when we go to design a new part for our spacecraft or rocket engine..., how do we build this with new technology?"

Vickers goes on to saying how it would cost tens of millions of dollars and take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to build parts using conventional methods. With 3D printer, the time can be slashed effectively to up to 3 months.

Vickers adds a little bit more to this topic.

"Our aerospace and space products really cost too much and take too long today. We're really interested in affordability and performance. We like to say we're interested in half the weight, at half the cost, at twice the speed."


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