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