Jeff Sharpe has more than 31 years of experience in the network and mobile communication industries, providing strategic direction for next generation products and platforms.
January 16th, 2019 by Jeff Sharpe
The abundance of IoT devices are producing massive amounts of data on today’s factory floor. According to IHS Markit, the installed base of IoT devices will rise from 27B in 2017 to 73B by 2025, with manufacturing being a key industry driving IoT market growth. The number of connected devices in the manufacturing industry is expected to double between 2018 and 2020.
Automation is the backbone of manufacturing, so it’s no surprise that manufacturing is shaping the next industrial revolution, which is all about connectivity and processing (speed and precision of automation). IoT and smart devices are already increasing performance metrics of factories, boosting productivity by 40-60%, according to a recent study by MobiDev.
January 15th, 2019 by Jackie Tihanyi
I believe additive manufacturing will move from prototyping into full production in the automotive industry. 3D printing allows for faster innovation, flexible manufacturing, renovate supply chain, allowing for new markets and the ability to produce new parts in new ways that were not possible. I also believe that the cost of photopolymers will decrease to levels that are competitive with SLS and FDM thermoplastics, as well as more R&D dollars being spent by large material and chemical companies which formulate new materials for open platforms that will allow entirely new material chemistries to get to market.
Source: Fisher Unitech
January 14th, 2019 by Brad Strong
CAD Visualization Technologies Drastically Increase in 2019
The rise of game engines as engineering & design tools
Game engines will play a larger role in the design and visualization of manufactured products. Game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine are already making inroads to bring CAD data into the engine where advanced lighting, materials, cameras and scripted mechanics can simulate real-world environments. Real-time rendering enables huge time savings over traditional visualization and rendering processes, and allows the user experience to go virtual.
Increase in virtual product prototyping
Virtual prototyping is in many cases displacing processes of the past which required large, expensive models of cars, jets and even submarines to optimize product design. Virtual prototyping allows designers to visualize, walk around and even operate virtual models, giving them a multitude of tools to inspect and measure every square inch of the new design. Moreover, the design can be iterated as quickly as virtual components can be replaced. Generally speaking, the more iterations the design passes through, the better the design will be. Virtual prototyping promises lower development costs, increased optimization, and even the ability to market products before the expense of manufacturing is undertaken.
January 13th, 2019 by Oleg Zykov
The advance of Industry 4.0 is encouraging new companies to enter the engineering software market to create new products that engage digital twins, connecting them to the material world. New players, as a rule, dedicate themselves to niches in which they possess the greatest competence and best strategic vision. Among the niches we are seeing are in the areas of generative design programs, collaboration tools, and additive manufacturing preprocessing software. In 2019, we will hear about even more of them, but will also witness more takeovers by the giants. Recall the recent acquisition of Frustum, a star of the new wave, by PTC.
Newcomers to the CAD community are impacting the mature market of software components – geometric kernels, data exchange tools, visualization engines, and so on – because they are looking for affordable components that integrate into their projects extremely quickly. In our digital era, go-to-market time is not measured in years, but in months and even weeks. Fortunately, the choice in geometric kernel now goes beyond ACIS or Parasolid. To provide functions such as geometric modeling, constraint solving, file conversion, and visualization, CAD software development firms can choose from the venerable CGM by Dassault Systemes, the completely new Kosmos kernel by Kubotek, and C3D Toolkit by C3D Labs.
January 12th, 2019 by John McEleney
January 11th, 2019 by Ben Mund
The global manufacturing business climate remains very encouraging. Based on our observations, we were expecting that the manufacturing sector would be a little stronger in the first half of 2018 than in the second. This played out as expected until the very end of 2018 when we saw a significant spike in multiple manufacturing sectors. That strong year-end growth has also driven an excellent beginning to 2019.
Manufacturing in the U.S. continues to strengthen, and general global manufacturing growth continues into this year with some extremely exciting hotspots. We’re expecting additional growth in the aerospace sector, as well as rapid expansion of machines and software that encourages fast, efficient machining with fewer setups. Multitasking centers and advanced multiaxis machines are two examples that we expect will become even more popular throughout the year.
It’s also interesting to take a step back and look at the manufacturing output for the last decade. We saw the beginnings of a steep decline in 2008 and hit and alarming valley in early 2009, with the financial crisis in full swing. Manufacturing, and everything that supplies it, took an enormous dip. Since the end of 2009 until today, however, we’ve seen slow, steady growth in manufacturing output. This pattern of growth has brought machine tool manufacturers, software suppliers, shops, and machinists along with it. It’s exciting that everyone – us, you, your readers – all can benefit as part of an industry that’s proven to be the backbone of economic recovery.
January 11th, 2019 by Andy Kalambi
Execution will be paramount in 2019. Many 3D printing companies are bubbling with innovation, but some of those companies will not make it; that is the nature of any industry. The companies that execute well will succeed. This means machines and technology that deliver on promises, management teams geared toward solving customer problems and technology that is easy to use for both non-expert and expert users.
The recent trend toward building trust into functional 3D printed parts with secure marking, such as QR codes, will intensify. 3D printing is a digital technology, not just a physical technology – combining the virtual and real. Users will look to 3D print more digital information into parts for authenticity, traceability and compliance and then extract that information on demand. This will become a major area of focus as people try to solve problems in the areas of service, production and engineering.
January 10th, 2019 by Dr Joseph M. DeSimone
2018 was a big year for the 3DP/AM industry as the field showed signs of bifurcation to now include clear capabilities for digital manufacturing at scale. The powerful convergence of hardware, software, and molecular science is enabling production at a scale the industry hasn’t seen before. At Carbon, we launched the largest digital fabrication example in history with the launch of the adidas Futurecraft 4D franchise. More than 100,000 pairs of 4D running shoes were fabricated and we are on track to manufacture into the millions in 2019. Other customers of ours also have examples of manufacturing with our Digital Light Synthesis™ technology, which will be announced in the first half of 2019. These production examples in the aggregate have triggered an important tipping point for the industry: we now see, for the first time, a cost-down curve with volume in the digital manufacturing world akin to the cost down-curve with volume that everyone relies on in the injection molding industry. As a result, Carbon was able to take the price of our large volume resins from $300/L to $150/L last year to an unprecedented $50/L here in 2018.
January 9th, 2019 by Paul Van Metre
Manufacturing is becoming ever more competitive, with high stakes for execution of complex manufacturing systems with more automation, and fewer workers producing more output than ever before. IIOT and I4.0 is ushering in an era where the office and the shop floor need to be more connected than ever before. ERP companies will need to either partner with MES companies more closely, developing collaborations to allow the free flow of data from the shop into the office, or develop their own tools to help workers on the factory floor reach peak efficiency.
January 8th, 2019 by David Klotz