My name is Justin and my mission is to advance additive manufacturing with my designs and deliver great on-demand products.
What do I mean by "on-demand" products? I think the future of manufacturing will be in the home or a 3D printing shop just down the street. Just like Apple iTunes or Spotify with digital music, I think there will be a range of different services offering 3D product content. From there, individuals and businesses will download or stream files to a nearby 3D printer and the product will be made instantly!
Why does this matter? Basically, the promise of 3D printing in manufacturing is that it will eliminate a good chunk of the seven sins of manufacturing identified by Toyota.
If you're not familiar with these wastes, they are transportation, movement, waiting, overprocessing, defects/rework, inventory, and overproduction. As long as there are customers that want your product, management of a manufacturing business revolves around the reduction or elimination of these inherent wastes.
To start off, 3D printing is more efficient from a supply chain perspective. This eliminates a lot of transportation, movement, and waiting wastes mentioned above. Research shows that logistics accounts for $4 trillion or 10% of global GDP. Said in another way, we are spending 10% of our productive capacity as humans on moving items from one place to another. I'm not saying that additive manufacturing will completely eliminate this, but 3D printing will eventually avoid the need for most complex supply chains. Basically, the promise of additive manufacturing is that there will be three parties: raw material suppliers (parts), 3D printer makers (tools), and end-users (labor). And, simplicity is efficient.
The next place that excites me about 3D printing is the elimination of inventory and overproduction. Mix those two wastes and we end up with the practice (or black art for that matter) of forecasting. Long lead time parts combined with random consumer behaviors causes us to try and predict the unpredictable. I endeavor to rid us of this habit.
Finally, the thing that excites me most about 3D printing is that it's like having my own little robot fabricator and workshop. 3D printing still isn't quite like asking iPhone's Siri for directions, but we're well on our way. With some skill and research, you can leave a 3D printing machine alone for days on end, unmonitored, to run and build beautiful, functional objects. There's nothing like the feeling of designing something and then having the robot build it for me while I go to Jiu Jitsu class or play with my dogs.
Anyway, check out some of my passions and interest off to the right! If you have any questions or just want to chat, drop me a line. There's a link at the top of the page!
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