Production Mobility in the Third Industrial Revolution

A black plastic siling ship within a clear plastic "bottle" shape.

A manufacturer of 3D printers, Objet, provides a remarkable example of their 3D printing capability using a dark opaque plastic to create a whole ship nestled within a bottle made of transparent plastic. Just as 3D printers can now create … Continue reading

3D Printing Shattering Traditional Practices

When we consider the impact of the Third Industrial Revolution as we look ahead, 3d printing, crowd funding, robotics, ad-hoc media content, and a host of other technologies offer a means to not only alter the course of production but … Continue reading

3D Printing and Planned Obsolescence

The capability for product personalization and customization in the Third Industrial Revolution offers a way to eliminate the traditional roll-out of “this year’s model” and the concept of planned obsolescence that is behind the current economic cycle: [produce→consume→discard→repeat] As an example … Continue reading

3D Printing and Production

There is no doubt that technologies like additive manufacturing will transform many industries and could repatriate manufacturing tasks currently outsourced to locations beneficial to lower-cost mass production. This in turn may well impact industries involved in the transportation and storage … Continue reading

Should I get an Agent?

I understand how a new author would be questioning whether to obtain an agent to handle their contract negotiations with publishers. Trading a portion of the author’s income from each title seems at first glance to be an unnecessary expense. … Continue reading

What is an Imprint?

An imprint is the style and design that supports all books within the same line. A good example of this is Wiley‘s popular-press “For Dummies” books that cover pretty much any topic across many different areas from hobbies and sports to … Continue reading

3D Printing for Kids at Exhibits

As I am layout out examples to use in my upcoming book, 3D Printing for Dummies, I realized that many of our lessons learned from STEMulate Learning/SOLID Learning workshops might be useful for readers interested in setting up their own … Continue reading

RepRap in 3D Printing for Dummies

In my upcoming book, “3D Printing for Dummies,” I will be examining the potential for additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) and direct digital manufacturing as well as its potential to disrupt traditional mass manufacturing production lines. In looking at … Continue reading