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Additive Manufacturing In Space: 3D Printing In Zero-G

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Sep 11, 2015

SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies Corp

You are on the the International Space Station (ISS) and it's time for the required routine filter replacement, but there's a slight issue - "houston we have a problem we can't find the filter cap". No problem you think, just order another right? Here's the stats on that: Estimated time of arrival is six (6) months on the next supply from Earth costing around $10,000 for every pound of items transported. You know you can fire up the 3D printer back at NASA and have this part completed in 45 minutes, but what about space?

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Topics: Innovation, Real World Experiences, Manufacturing, Autodesk Fusion 360, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Your Parts Made to Order with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Proto Labs

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Aug 10, 2015

Free quote and design analysis in a matter of hours and custom parts manufactured to your specifications in three days standard? All driven for a single CAD program? Sounds unbelievable, but that's exactly what Autodesk Fusion 360 is offering through Proto Labs.

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Topics: Innovation, Manufacturing, Autodesk Fusion 360, Made to Order, Push-button Manufacturing, Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS)

Compelling Use Case for Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF) on the manufacturing floor

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 10, 2015

It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Innovation, Autodesk A360, Autodesk Vault, Real World Experiences, Autodesk AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk DWF, 3D Visualization

Disruptive or Sustainable Innovation? That is the Question.

by Denee Busby on Apr 6, 2015

Ok, Let’s first quickly rehearse the foundation of these two opposing yet very high profile business ideas. 

Disruptive Innovation 

Disrupstive innovation is innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. These are innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically first by designing for a different set of consumers in a new market and later by lowering prices in the existing market.

Sustaining Innovation

Sustaining innovation evolves existing markets and vale networks with better “value”, allowing the players within to compete against each other's sustaining improvements. Sustaining innovations may be either "transformational "or "evolutionary."

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Topics: Innovation, Future of Making Things, Technology

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