Monday, November 21, 2011

This factory produces 2.0

Cotec and Prodintec Foundations have published a paper this week about this new way of manufacturing 2.0 and numerous niche markets and business opportunities to open in several economic sectors: health, automotive, aerospace, jewelry, entertainment, etc..

With new technologies that are breaking into digital manufacturing 2.0 can design and produce a fully customized all kinds of products almost artisanal, and with great professionalism, despite the complexity of processes, as explained in an interview with Efe Foundation director Prodintec, Iñigo Felgueroso.

For example, above, can be produced from a dental implant or medical prosthesis, which fits perfectly to the needs of the patient, once scanned the space to be set and designed the part after the computer with the geometry perfect, until a very specific component for an aircraft or a car lighter properties, or porous, without having to produce in series.

The areas of jewelry making molds and also have great field of action by these new technologies, added the expert.

One of the keys to the development and consolidation of this type of digital output 2.0 has to do with the so-called 'additive fabrication', which is prevailing in European countries like Germany, but Spain also began to take its first steps, aware of his market potential .

According Felgueroso, additive manufacturing takes its name from the concept of 'addition' or 'sum', because it arises from the technological process of adding or superimposing layers to complete the desired design on the computer.

Later, this same technology is the one embodied in a sheet of plastic or metal , preferably, the pre-design displayed on the computer from a 3D CAD file.

According Felgueroso, these additive manufacturing techniques, which are very diverse and include stereolithography or selective laser sintering, revolutionizing the traditional concept of manufacturing.

Unlike traditional production systems in which each phase (concept, design, development, production) materialized a particular professional group in a specific geographic point, new technologies focus on the same place, with one machine, the entire manufacturing process.

New technologies allow the generalization of prototype elude ultimately unprofitable, and manufacturing ensure a 'la carte' and 'craft', without skyrocketing costs.

According Felgueroso, 'All this suggests that within a few years is not science fiction that everyone, at home, can be manufactured with a machine what you want'.


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