HR professionals know that anything that causes business disruptions is certain to have implications for human resource management, including the growth of 3-D printing.
I admit I'm looking forward to it. I think the 3-D printer is such a disruptive technology that I want to be in on the fun.
...The teenager found the plans on the Internet. Imagine, open-sourced body parts!
The news reports range from 3-D printing an iPhone case to high-heel shoes, or models of body parts on which doctors can practice.
...my favorite use of the technology so far goes to a teenager who used a 3-D printer at a local library to build a prosthetic hand for a boy who was born without fingers. The hand opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. The teenager found the plans on the Internet. Imagine, open-sourced body parts!
Implications for HR leaders?
McKinsey recently issued a report highlighting some of the business disruptions that are likely to result from this new technology.
... there may be very specific, and difficult to find, talent requirements for such a shift, and begin to devise a talent-development and sourcing strategy to meet the [need]
3-D technology -- aka additive manufacturing -- is likely to accelerate product development. ... Value may not come from manufacturing a product; it may come from being able to add uniqueness to the design alone.
- Don't wait until someone tells you it might have an impact: Know the business well enough to raise the issue if no one has mentioned it already.
- Help the executive team consider the strategic implications of the technology and whether it can be leveraged to the business' advantage or whether the business needs to be prepared to meet new forms of competition.
- Recognize that there may be very specific, and difficult to find, talent requirements for such a shift, and begin to devise a talent-development and sourcing strategy to meet the skilled-worker needs of a new manufacturing strategy.
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