As 3D printing and additive manufacturing continue to evolve, I have remained actively engaged in highlighting likely future impacts. In Economies of One, Tim Simpson and I consider the changing competitive environment that will emerge as parts can be produced cost effectively in small or single lot sizes. Summer presentations to the Society of Information Management at the DC City Club, the 3D Printing Alliance, and the California Network for Manufacturing Innovation Conference also focus on this key issue.
This is a personal reflection on trends that will drive the future…Technology will continue to solve more problems than it causes, but the problems that it solves will not always be the ones anticipated by designers
This spring I taught a class called Digital Innovation and Design where students explored wearable technology as part of their activities. Several teams used Google Glass. I encouraged them to use these devices in their daily activities. My only admonishment…. “No bathrooms, no bedrooms, no bars.” You can see some of the coverage of their exploration in a recent Penn State Collegian article.