WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Which 3-D Printing Business Model Is Right for Your Company? @HBR handbook helps draft a strategy to integrate #3Dprinting into their manufacturing plans but it may require improved digital process...

Which 3-D Printing Business Model Is Right for Your Company? @HBR handbook helps draft a strategy to integrate #3Dprinting into their manufacturing plans but it may require improved digital process... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Strategically, that means additive is becoming a full-fledged competitive weapon: It can be used to hold on to market leadership, to dethrone a dominant player, or to diversify by exploiting a printer’s capability to make products for different industries. Consequently, leaders need to understand additive’s range and potential and the possibilities that will open up in the near future. This article offers a playbook.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this Harvard paper shows that recent advances in 3D printing make additive production a reality today. Reading between the lines you have to realize the digital transformation this requires across your sales and distribution channels to support the level of customization that 3D printing enables. It is not just a matter or replacing machines with printers on the factory floor.

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#3Dprinting in #Montreal schools show the potential to learn by doing - L’imprimante 3D arrive, et elle va changer nos vies @icipremiere

#3Dprinting in #Montreal schools show the potential to learn by doing - L’imprimante 3D arrive, et elle va changer nos vies @icipremiere | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

L’imprimante 3D arrive, et elle va changer nos viesL’imprimante 3D arrive, et elle va changer nos vies (Écouter la liste complète) 3 éléments 20 min Option Ma radioPARTAGERPlusComme la plupart des technologies émergentes, l’imprimante 3D soulève la curiosité. Plusieurs spécialistes s’entendent pour dire que ce n’est pas une invention comme les autres. Elle pourrait transformer l’économie mondiale et révolutionner les habitudes de vie des familles. Découvrez le pouvoir de l’imprimante 3D dans cette série de reportages.

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WHY IT MATTERS: follow the link below to the June 10 story and listen to how a school in Montreal has 6 3dprinters for their students to use and build the best spinning wheel. The potentials are endless: science, art, architecture, etc.. Why don't we do the same in offices ie. equip them with those small devices to let employees try new designs of things they struggle with on a daily basis?

 

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/les-annees-lumiere 

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Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg

Duck Peg gets 3D-printed leg | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Eighth-grade science students have used a 3D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched.

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WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has moved to become more than just for prototyping.

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Duck would be happy.
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The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production

The five most amazing things that were 3-D-printed this year show that #3Dprinting is ready to move from prototyping towards production | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Each of these items gives us clues to what the future of manufacturing might look like.
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WHY IT MATTERS: 3D printing has the potential to disrupt industries when it can manufacture products at scale and low cost. We are closer to this vision.

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Change-Makers: The 31 Most Disruptive Technologies

Change-Makers: The 31 Most Disruptive Technologies | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
From cloud computing and lithium ion batteries to 3D printing and containerization, we collected the technologies that have done the most to shape the internet era.
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I usually repost those things around new years, with all the predictions etc. but this list seemed to me so appropriate and so true that I wanted to share now.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I usually repost those things around new years, with all the predictions etc. but this list seemed to me so appropriate and so true that I wanted to share now.

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The official head of French fashion says 3D printing is a “new industrial revolution”

The official head of French fashion says 3D printing is a “new industrial revolution” | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
So far, 3D printing has not quite lived up to expectations. Skeptics are abandoning the idea of a future when you'll be able to 3D print just about anything in your living room, and MakerBot, the only relatively well-known maker of 3D printers, has stopped producing its own printers, outsourcing the work to China. Industrial use, rather than personal, ha
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A short article on the use of 3D printing in fashion, with lots of links to follow for more details.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Technology permeates every industry and changes basic assumptions and business models. We often think this is limited to low margin commodity products but it looks like specialized, niched industries can benefit too. Look at your industry and ask, where can I apply 3D printing, eCommerce, augmented reality, connected objects, etc. in my company to revolutionize the way I design, fabricate, distribute, market, sell, support. 

 

Think of everything because everything is on the table and open for digital transformation.

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2015 Roundup Of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates

2015 Roundup Of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Manufacturers across a broad spectrum of industries including automotive, aerospace, dental, discrete, high tech, and medical products are all actively piloting and using 3D printing technologies today. Prototyping continues to dominate the reasons why enterprises pursue 3D printing, with the opportunity of improving new product development and time-to-market being long-term [...]
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A great reference for 3D printing applications in different markets and industries.

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The Disruptive Potential of 3D Printing - Accenture

The Disruptive Potential of 3D Printing - Accenture | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Digital technology clearly has become a momentous disruptor of traditional business paradigms, as well as an enabler of new business approaches and customer relationships. This is why, according to Cisco Systems Inc., there is an estimated $14.4 trillion in “digital disruption dollars” up for grabs between now and 2022. Accenture believes that digital supply networks are the backbone of this new ecosystem: worldwide conduits that streamline and accelerate the exchange of products, materials, components and (perhaps most important) information. We also believe 3D printing is an ideal illustration of the digital supply network’s vast potential

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3D-printed ultrasound cast could save us costly surgeries via @ars

3D-printed ultrasound cast could save us costly surgeries via @ars | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
And make healing a more beautiful and patient-friendly experience.
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A great example of digital transformation using 3d printers.
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Can Fits.me robots (a Virtual Fitting Room) solve online apparel shopping lower return rate? via @competia @wired

Can Fits.me robots (a Virtual Fitting Room) solve online apparel shopping lower return rate? via @competia @wired | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
One in four online clothing purchases are returned, often due to poor fit. And obviously, the only way to solve the problem is with shape-shifting robots.
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For a while here in Montreal we had "le mannequin virtuel", a 3D computer model to help sell clothes online. Now this new robot provides a more natural option to determine how well a shirt, skirt or pant will fit. 


Look at this video to see the robot in action. It appears to really do a great job at showing if a garment fits well or not.

http://bit.ly/1iaueJb 


Of course, retailers will be interested in the technology to reduce the high return rate the apparel industry has been experiencing. Not sure how the robots would be integrated into the online shopping experience? I also wonder if they could also help with in-store, where you would not have to try the clothes on but rather would let the robot do the work for you... Would bring a new tool to personal shopper, that could literally go "shop for now" and return only with the products that suit you perfectly. Of course, designers and others will benefit from having this new tool at their disposal.


Read this for more details on the matter: As much as 33% of Internet sales gets returned? good reason why digital transformations require planning via @wsj http://sco.lt/5eALiL 

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Consulting Digital Transformation Review No. 5- UPS, ABB and others via @Capgemini

Capgemini Consulting's digital transformation business journal looks at the digitization of operations, taking in robotics, 3D printing, and the second machine
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3D "Bio" Printing prints transplants, implants and other prosthetics via @mashable

3D "Bio" Printing prints transplants, implants and other prosthetics via @mashable | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
3D printing has changed our perception of mass manufacturing, but there's also a parallel revolution -- doctors are using the technology to save lives.


The doctors took a CT scan of his trachea and bronchus to produce a precise image, from which they could design the device. Using computer modeling software and making some modifications, they created a splint that perfectly matched Kaiba's windpipe and printed it with a biodegradable polyester called polycaprolactone.

The custom splint fits around Kaiba's airway, and it will dissolve within three years. Image: University of Michigan Health System


The splint goes around the outside of the bronchus, then sutures pass through the splint to tether the trachea through the inside. This expands the bronchus and inflates the trachea. With growth, the splint opens up.

Even though Green and Hollister sized the design to Kaiba's bronchus, they crafted three or four increments of about a half a millimeter above and below the diameter from his scan. Then they made about five copies of each, just to make sure they had enough going into the operating room.

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3D printing is the missing link in digital transformation, allowing bits to travel at the speed of light to reproduce real world objects from digital bits. This closes the loop in the digital transformation, allowing businesses to digitize, manipulate, then replace into physical world elements. This article shows the extent to which we have come.


More amusing, Twinkind can now produce 3D miniature of yourselves.

An especially life-like example. Photo: Twinkind


For more on 3D printing I suggest reading the very good Wired article from 2012.

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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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3D printing has the potential to revolutionize numerous industries.

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10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education

10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

 

 


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