Distributed Manufacturing: The Next Industrial Revolution?

November 10, 2014 | State of the Market Report

Just as technologies can be disruptive, the way we make technologies can be disruptive, too. The disruption in distributed manufacturing comes from the ability to manufacture one part as cheaply as many, rather than the current model of high-volume, centralized manufacturing. Already, emerging products ranging from smart watches to vehicles utilize distributed manufacturing; however, its larger impact will hinge on economics and the demand for flexibility.

Coverage Areas

  • Autonomous Systems 2.0
  • Digital Transformation
  • Industrial Internet of Things

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • The Story of Distributed Manufacturing So Far
    A push towards greater flexibility, along with new tools, is making distributed manufacturing a reality.
  • What’s Next for DM: Emerging Applications and Solutions
    DM already is impacting products as varied as watches and cars; however, moving away from niche products will require rethinking the way we make things.

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