WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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IT'S TIME TO BUILD: a plea to start building things again locally instead of outsourcing everything - this is an engineers dream and what the next 20 years are all about! via @a16z

IT'S TIME TO BUILD: a plea to start building things again locally instead of outsourcing everything - this is an engineers dream and what the next 20 years are all about! via @a16z | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it's not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it... Our nation and our civilization were built on production, on building. We built roads and trains, farms and factories, then the computer, the microchip, the smartphone, and uncounted thousands of other things that we now take for granted, that are all around us, that define our lives and provide for our well-being. There is only one way to create the future we want for our own children and grandchildren, and that's to build.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I spent the better part of my life moving physical processes in the digital world. Now the pendulum shifts and we must pour our engineering energy into building things locally - using digital processes, techniques, technologies, from 3D printing to robots to IOT. This is the next 20 years.

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The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production

The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Each of these items gives us clues to what the future of manufacturing might look like.
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WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has the potential to disrupt industries when it can manufacture products at scale and low cost. We are closer to this vision.

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The official head of French fashion says 3D printing is a “new industrial revolution”

The official head of French fashion says 3D printing is a “new industrial revolution” | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
So far, 3D printing has not quite lived up to expectations. Skeptics are abandoning the idea of a future when you'll be able to 3D print just about anything in your living room, and MakerBot, the only relatively well-known maker of 3D printers, has stopped producing its own printers, outsourcing the work to China. Industrial use, rather than personal, ha
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A short article on the use of 3D printing in fashion, with lots of links to follow for more details.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Technology permeates every industry and changes basic assumptions and business models. We often think this is limited to low margin commodity products but it looks like specialized, niched industries can benefit too. Look at your industry and ask, where can I apply 3D printing, eCommerce, augmented reality, connected objects, etc. in my company to revolutionize the way I design, fabricate, distribute, market, sell, support. 

 

Think of everything because everything is on the table and open for digital transformation.

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3D-printed ultrasound cast could save us costly surgeries via @ars

3D-printed ultrasound cast could save us costly surgeries via @ars | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
And make healing a more beautiful and patient-friendly experience.
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A great example of digital transformation using 3d printers.
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