Spring 2013 IAB & Research Review
March 6 - 8
New Manufacturing Paradigm: Seamless Scaling from Rapid Prototyping to Volume Production
One of the biggest challenges we face as a Nation is the decline in our ability to make things. Americans today consume more goods manufactured overseas than ever before. And yet they are less likely to be employed in manufacturing than at any time in the last 100 years. This decline has a severe impact on the Nationís economic vitality and security; because quite simply, to innovate, we must make.
The question is not whether we should or when we will manufacture One Trillion Sensors, but who will design them and how will those trillions of sensors be manufactured?
Technologies ranging from maskless nanowriters to tobacco plant protein production are reducing and redefining the effort and time that it takes to make things. In the process, they are reducing the barriers and costs for those who manufacture and increasing the number of designers from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of designers. That is the number to be excited about!