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More custom shoes: New Balance 3D Prints a Customized Spike Plate

More custom shoes: New Balance 3D Prints a Customized Spike Plate | Made Different | Scoop.it

The plate is created via Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and uses biomechanical data for an individually designed plate.

Although the technology is currently only available to select athletes, the combination of 3D printing and SLS can eventually be used in all sports where a hyper-customized shoe is necessary for that edge.


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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:21 AM

You will not find it in their web store yet.

Thanks to John Barnes for posting

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Sciaky's Additive Manufacturing Solution: Electron Beam Direct Manufacturing

Save time and money on the production of large-scale, high-value parts and prototypes with Sciaky's Additive Manufacturing solution: Electron Beam Direct Man...

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:14 AM

Watching the video makes cleas what kind of parts this process is good for.

 

If you find postprocessing is an issue with Electron Beam Melting from ARCAM, and even from Laser Sintrering from EOS, then this is not for you.

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3D Industries offers 3D Search: search by shape

3D Industries offers 3D Search: search by shape | Made Different | Scoop.it

Imagine being able to search for components, supplies, designs, industrial parts... using shape and geometry alone. Imagine the ease of no longer having to use vague keywords that differ between companies and countries. Imagine the end of language barriers, misunderstandings and inaccuracies.


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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, April 5, 2013 11:26 AM
Try it and you won't believe it. While having all that variety and potential floating around out there isn’t a bad thing, it can make finding a supplier that happens to have (and can produce) the same kind of model as the one you need something of a challenge. Naming is part of the problem. What I call a square, you might call a block. If I try Googling service bureaus that can print squares, I’m not as likely to find exactly what I need. 3D Industries (3DI) intends to solve this issue with its new part search service. "What Google did for words and text on the web, we aim to do for shapes and 3D models,” said Dr. Seena Rejal, the founder and CEO of 3DI. “We are ordering the 3D world.”
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Work Cells in Process Plants: Virtual or Pretend?

Work Cells in Process Plants: Virtual or Pretend? | Made Different | Scoop.it

In the latest issue of the AME's Target magazine, Peter King explains how he has applied the cell concept in process plants, but his cells are "virtual," meaning that their implementation does not involve relocating equipment.

 

In the case of synthetic rubber at Dupont's plant in Louisville, KY he reports decreasing scrap and lead time by 28%, and decreasing finished goods inventory by 50%. There is no mention of improvements in Productivity, WIP and Raw Materials inventory, or Space Requirements.

 

While these improvements are substantial and respectable, they are  not up to cell benchmarks: reductions of 80% to 90% in lead time, inventory and defect rates, with a 30% to 50% increase in productivity, all in 25% to 30% less space. But that cannot be achieved without moving equipment...

 

If you can't move the equipment, I prefer to call it managing monuments than implementing cells. Since you can't get from managing monuments the order-of-magnitude performance boosts that you get from cells, I prefer to keep the distinction in sharp focus rather than blur it by pretending that "virtual cells" are cells.

 

Where cells apply, they are wonderful, but they are not a panacea. Even in discrete, mechanical manufacturing plants, there are often a few areas like, Heat Treat, Electroplating or Painting, where cells are difficult or impossible for now, and the skill of managing monuments is necessary.

 

 

 

 


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Is Big Data the Answer to Pricing Service Parts?

Is Big Data the Answer to Pricing Service Parts? | Made Different | Scoop.it

"Recent articles addressing the Service Parts Pricing process have touted the utilization of “Big Data” to help companies achieve their potential."

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The New Manufacturing Lifecycle: An Interview With PTC's Hepplemann

The New Manufacturing Lifecycle: An Interview With PTC's Hepplemann | Made Different | Scoop.it
In 2012, the World Economic Forum, in conjunction with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Unlimited, published a report titled “The future of manufacturing.
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How to Manage the Social Media Overload - ClickZ

How to Manage the Social Media Overload - ClickZ | Made Different | Scoop.it
Five key ways to manage your social media marketing so you can sleep at night and see social media working for you.

 

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In this column, I will share five key ways to manage your social media marketing so you can sleep at night and see social media working for you.

Have a social media channel plan that makes sense. As I wrote in a previous ClickZ column on the five ways to create your social media marketing plan, it is crucial for any organization to have a social media plan in place.Have a content plan that is reasonable. The key to engagement in social is delivering content that is shareable and engaging. If you have a small team, you cannot expect to push out new original content every day. You might be able to do one blog post a week, one email newsletter a month, etc. If you are small and are selling one product or service, then your content plan can be easily managed.Have the right social media resources. This is the absolute key to your social media success or failure. Social media, as many say, is now a sophisticated marketing tool and must be treated as such. The right people must be in place to manage it effectively (toward your brand goals). This means making sure you have an appropriate approval system in place with the brand manager at the top.Don't jump to every social media change - stick to your plan. With changes in social networks happening every second, it is all too easy to get thrown off track and get unfocused on your social media goals. Any changes to your social media marketing program should be tested and reviewed for driving positive results. One of the pieces of advice we provide, for example, is to set aside a small portion of resources (time and money) each quarter to test any new social initiatives.Have a social customer service process. Social media networks are the perfect breeding ground for reputation damage. Make sure that you are a step ahead of the game by managing your social media sentiment. With regular monitoring of your audiences' positive or negative mentions of your brand and by getting regular alerts on these with simple tools like Social Mention or Google Alerts or more sophisticated tools like Viralheat or HootSuite, you will more easily be able to manage how your brand is perceived in social.
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marketingIO's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:17 AM

Talk about perspective and experience: this post delivers on both. You definitely want to click-through to go beyond the above digest, and soak in the insight. We were especially impressed with item #4, where focus is necessary yet allocating a small percentage of resources to test new initiatives.


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Nanotech Printing: 3D Printing Circuit Boards

Nanotech Printing: 3D Printing Circuit Boards | Made Different | Scoop.it
3D printing technology is now reaching the point that it can feasibly handle Nanotech printing, taking the silicon industry to a whole new level altogether. What is Nanotech printing technology?

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Tracking the Future just got better

Tracking the Future just got better | Made Different | Scoop.it

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I'd like to invite you to explore the upgraded category filters & check out the best future related stuff on the internet. Art. Talks. Documentaries. Interviews.


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Thats superb...
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Follow the links to further information on the future impact of rapidly developing technology on society.

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Tiny Chiplets Are a New Level of Micro Manufacturing

Tiny Chiplets Are a New Level of Micro Manufacturing | Made Different | Scoop.it

Under a microscope, four slivers of silicon — electronic circuits called chiplets — perform an elaborate, jerky dance as if controlled by a hidden puppet master. Then on command, they all settle with pinpoint accuracy, precisely touching a pattern of circuit wires, each at just the right point of contact.
The technology, on display at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, is part of a new system for making electronics, one that takes advantage of a Xerox invention from the 1970s: the laser printer.
If perfected, it could lead to desktop manufacturing plants that “print” the circuitry for a wide array of electronic devices — flexible smartphones that won’t break when you sit on them; a supple, pressure-sensitive skin for a new breed of robot hands; smart-sensing medical bandages that could capture health data and then be thrown away.


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Design News - Engineering Materials - Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes

Design News - Engineering Materials - Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes | Made Different | Scoop.it
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.

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Beth Robinson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:26 AM

Yep, that's pretty darn big.

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Katherine Kuchenbecker: The technology of touch | Video on TED.com

As we move through the world, we have an innate sense of how things feel -- the sensations they produce on our skin and how our bodies orient to them. Can technology leverage this?

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New app: Let's Create! Pottery and 3d print it!

New app: Let's Create! Pottery and 3d print it! | Made Different | Scoop.it

You can design,, create from scratch, share, and 3d print your own pottery with this new app.


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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:51 PM

You can design,, create from scratch, share, and 3d print your own pottery with this new app.

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"Food is the next frontier of 3D printing"

"Food is the next frontier of 3D printing" | Made Different | Scoop.it
Food is the next frontier of 3D printing according to Freedom of Creation founder Janne Kyttanen.

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:26 AM

Thanks Janne for your foresight.

I wish we could already print steaks!

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IndustryWeek : So You Want to Reduce Your Costs? Don't Focus on Cost Reductions

IndustryWeek : So You Want to Reduce Your Costs? Don't Focus on Cost Reductions | Made Different | Scoop.it
Focus on lean and get those cost reductions, and more.

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Flow improvements called "5S" at Avanzar | Jeffrey Liker

Flow improvements called "5S" at Avanzar | Jeffrey Liker | Made Different | Scoop.it

Recently I revisited Avanzar, Toyota’s interior and seating supplier for their San Antonio, Texas truck plant.  Most major suppliers are on-site delivering directly to the factory which in the case of seat assembly is right across a wall. Avanzar’s CEO, Heriberto (Berto) Guerra, was very excited about their Japanese advisor, formerly of Toyota, and all he had been teaching them about real kanban.  I had visited a year earlier and Mr. Guerra was very excited about their Japanese advisor, formerly of Toyota, who was teaching them kanban. A year before that, he said they were making progress in a few model areas and now there was kanban everywhere. Mr. Guerra also raved about the way their advisor was teaching them 5S, which again I found confusing.


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Michel Baudin's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:22 AM

A well-documented case of Lean implementation at a just-in-sequence supplier ot seats to Toyota's plant in San Antonio, TX. An oddity of this case is that they lump under the "5S" label all sorts of changes that are well beyond it, such as redesigning part presentation at assembly to make frequently used items easily accessible, or kitting parts. 

Of course, as long as it works for them, they can call it whatever they want. For communication with the rest of us, however, as Jeffrey found, it is confusing. 

dumontis's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:57 PM

I guess it goes against the common understanding of 5S. However, when we see 5S at the end of a standardization effort it maybe become less strange to see all of this mentioned under the heading of 5S. 

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Why Your Car Is Now A Giant Smartphone On Wheels

Why Your Car Is Now A Giant Smartphone On Wheels | Made Different | Scoop.it
There was a time when the automotive industry was the pride of America, when consumers eagerly awaited each new model, when Wall Street happily buzzed about each upcoming earnings report.
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Dan Aldridge's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:21 AM
Integrating smartphone technology into cars is one area where U.S. automakers have a competitive advantage. As the world gets more "social" and digital, demand for these kinds of design features only grows.
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America’s New Sustainable Manufacturing Hubs Will Breed Creativity And Jobs

America’s New Sustainable Manufacturing Hubs Will Breed Creativity And Jobs | Made Different | Scoop.it
Obama’s State of the Union Address this year was a steady dopamine drip for me: “We have cleared away the rubble of crisis … making America a magnet for manufacturing … a once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art...
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Global Information Technology Report 2013

Global Information Technology Report 2013 | Made Different | Scoop.it

The Global Information Technology Report 2013, the 12th in the series, analyses the impact and influence of ICTs on economic growth and jobs in a hyperconnected world. Read the full news release for more information.
At the core of the report, the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) measures the preparedness of an economy to use ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being.
The report highlights the lack of progress in bridging the new digital divide – not only in terms of developing ICT infrastructure but also in economic and social impact. Despite rapid adoption of mobile telephony, most developing economies lag behind advanced economies due to environments that are insufficiently conducive to innovation and competitiveness. On the other hand, the report shows the progress that countries are making to fully use ICT to boost higher productivity, economic growth and quality jobs in the current economic environment. Finally, the report reveals an apparent investment threshold in ICT, skills and innovation beyond which return on investment increases significantly.


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Stratasys 3D Printed Model using FDM and Inkjet Technologies!

"This card and pen holder was created to illustrate the range of possibilities using Stratasys' different 3D printing technologies. One half of the model is created using FDM technology in ABSi material - strong, light, durable and suitable for real production requirements. The second part is created using Inkjet multi-material jetting technology which deposits 2 photopolymer-based materials at the same time and mimics the precise look and feel of more complex end products. This part features extremely smooth surfaces, fine details and embedded writing in a separate material. Together, using both FDM and Inkjet technology, designers and manufacturers can cover the entire gamut of Fit, Form and Functional Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing requirements!"


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Farid Mheir's curator insight, April 20, 2013 5:33 PM

3D printing has the potential to revolutionize numerous industries.

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Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past | Made Different | Scoop.it

In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.

Drawing on mathematical models that describe what happened in the past, he anticipates what will happen next, including the fall of the Galactic Empire.

That may seem like fanciful stuff. But Peter Turchin is turning himself into a real-life Hari Seldon — and he’s not alone.

Turchin — a professor at the University of Connecticut — is the driving force behind a field called “cliodynamics,” where scientists and mathematicians analyze history in the hopes of finding patterns they can then use to predict the future. It’s named after Clio, the Greek muse of history.

These academics have the same goals as other historians — “We start with questions that historians have asked for all of history,” Turchin says. “For example: Why do civilizations collapse?” — but they seek to answer these questions quite differently. They use math rather than mere language, and according to Turchin, the prognosis isn’t that far removed from the empire-crushing predictions laid down by Hari Seldon in the Foundation saga. Unless something changes, he says, we’re due for a wave of widespread violence in about 2020, including riots and terrorism.


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Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, April 11, 2013 5:34 AM

it's said...but not expected "Unless something changes, we’re due for a wave of widespread violence in about 2020, including riots and terrorism"

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Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world? | Made Different | Scoop.it

It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.
Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially groundbreaking method for producing nanocellulose — a so-called "wonder material" derived from tree fiber that could be used to create ultra-thin displays, lightweight body armor, and a wide range of other products.
Their key ingredient? Algae.


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How 3D printed food will move from labs into the mainstream

How 3D printed food will move from labs into the mainstream | Made Different | Scoop.it
How 3D printed food will move from labs into the mainstream
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Yes, we've been covering 3D printing across countless industries.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:48 PM

So this is how Captain Picard got his Earl Grey Tea Hot.


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The News Are Just an Option: Curating Archives Is a Better Strategy For Creating Outstanding New Work

The News Are Just an Option: Curating Archives Is a Better Strategy For Creating Outstanding New Work | Made Different | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's comment, April 8, 2013 5:40 PM
Excellent feedback and comments Karen and Beth. Thanks to both of you for sharing your preferences.
Ken Morrison's comment, April 14, 2013 6:27 PM
HI Robin, Just a quick note to say thanks for another year of your great curation. I see your posts often, but today is the first time I noticed the 'extra touch' of your customized background with your photo and name. Smart use of the customized background.
Robin Good's comment, April 15, 2013 12:46 AM
Thank you Ken, much appreciated.