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Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing

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With the world supply chain facing more challenges than ever do to the COVID crises, vulnerabilities may spur a new industry revolution. From centralized manufacturing, based off of the Chinese industry, to decentralized manufacturing that localizes the production of products. More importantly, additive manufacturing, which could ignite industrial 3d printing.

 

Western world politics led by United States rhetoric has been calling to restrict our dependence on Chinese manufacturing. But not much has really changed. Western businesses have been keeping with the status quo. Economic cost-effectiveness is more important than government relationships. It was thought that making such drastic supply chain changes would be too much of a risk. But now, we might not have a choice.

 

Prior to the pandemic, US along with Europe, has been showing signs of decoupling ties with China. This was brought by peacetime populist urges, intellectual property rights and human rights violations.

 

Today, the west accuses China’s lack of transparency which they claim prevented the preparation to handle such a pandemic. With tension at an all-time high, and supply chains already shaken up with lengthy shipping times and delays, businesses are now facing a choice. From doing nothing to taking action to reroute their supply chains. Adjusting too late could have high consequences for businesses.

 

If these current trends continue, a new era of manufacturing will most likely take shape. What will this look like? May turn into a form of decentralized and additive manufacturing.


 

What is Decentralized Manufacturing?

 

Decentralized Manufacturing involves organizations having multiple locations for producing products. The facilities are distributed out a crossed a wider area. Unlike centralized manufacturing which distributes products long distances from one location, these facilities instead are strategically placed close to its customers.


 

What is Additive Manufacturing?

 

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or distributed manufacturing mainly done through 3d printing, allows for products to be made when sold. Centralized manufacturing processes have you produce large quantities, which you then store within inventory, and then ship to the customer. AM allows you to produce the part when the customer buys, skipping the high costs associated with storing inventory.

 

A Potential Combination of Decentralized & Additive Manufacturing 

 

A study from the non-profit organization APQC found that companies that set up decentralized manufacturing have a 3% higher cost than centralized manufacturing. In order for prices to stay competitive, additive manufacturing could be the solution to lower the costs for a range of goods within western countries.

 

So with these two systems potentially merging, how will this look? The Trump administration has been talking about rolling a concept they call “Economic Prosperity Network” which would encompass countries, more specifically India & Vietnam to supply raw materials or parts that would then be assembled via a distributed facility network in the west.

 

The role for 3d printing could allow raw materials to be shipped to the west, where in-country facilities will 3d print product requests coming from companies and minimizing the need to hold inventory. Think of a product being ordered and within 24 hours produced on the spot and sent to the customer close by. Overall minimizing costs normally accrued through a centralized manufacturing process.

 

Could this be our future? Only time will tell. But with the current state of affairs it would be prudent to ignore such a possibility.


 

What is Otto DIY?

 

Otto DIY is an Edtech robot for all ages that allows you to build, assemble and program your own personal robot. Both for beginners and advanced customers, Otto brings Brings kids and adults closer to technology by learning the logical connection between code and action.

 

Questions for you: 

What do you think of our assessment? Have you ordered anything from online? If so, are you noticing any delays or issues?

 

You can check us out at our Otto DIY website. Feel free to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

We look forward to treading your comments!

 

Cheers, 

Otto DIY Team 





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The idea of decentralized production is great! This allows a positive impact on the cost of the final product, since it is possible to replace the production site with a cheaper, high-quality one. What confuses me is the more complex quality control at the sites and as a result, the quality of the final product, but if you pay proper attention to this, then this issue is solved!

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Picxy Joe expert

Yeah that is a good assessment. Decentralizing production will be beneficial especially in this COVID-19 crises, or any other pandemic in future, to manage the spread, and continued supply chain flow. It will also be a plus to the country practicing it, creating more jobs, reduce the cost of distribution, and all, and may lead to economic growth, but there is a two side to every coin, we should also consider the other down side of it. Most times storing products are for quarantining it, not just waiting for it to be purchase, especially for edible products, and non-edible products that needs to be tested and supervised before being consumed. Also, for me the cost of running a decentralized additive manufacturing is more compared to centralized one, such as the labor cost, power cost, cost of obtaining the raw material to the site of production, and other overheads cost, all these need to put together will affect the cost of the item when finally produced. Both Centralized and Decentralized type of production has its pros and cons, so one should weigh the options very well before embarking on it, however, one can have both, one to complement the other, if the cost can be managed.

 

Unfortunately, I have not ordered any item yet from your platform, looking to give it a try in no distant time.#smiles

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Ngene Obinna expert

The assessment is really nice I will have to say, one can say that idea behind this project is one which we help the economy greatly in different ways as preventing unnecessary wastage of resources and also helps meet the exact needs of public. Shop online has been really great.

2 months ago

Clark Adams new user

The assessment is great and I also love  what I saw on your website. I think producing just for what is demanded will be a great way to reduce the waste or resources but the idea of robots is what I don't like. Many people are jobless looking for work why creating robots to render more jobless?. I have ordered online and all went well.

2 months ago

I have read about this project before and loved it back then as well, really useful but you guys need more marketing that is for sure. And more infographics and better website pictures

2 months ago

Crypto Maniac new user

This project is very useful nowaday. We are so busy and we cannot somehow complete our tasks every day. With the help of customizable robot, it can help to ease our burden.

2 months ago

I believe that decentralized manufacturing is going to become very important, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic many Governments and countries are going to become broke, especially countries that historically have economical problems such as Latinamerica, Africa, and Eastern Europe. This situation is going to cause that those countries are going to have many workers without a job and in the future, they are going to be available to work at very reduced fees, so companies need to start to see this and to switch production to those countries, also with Additive Manufacturing is going to be cheaper to change production to those countries, so this is going to be a big change for the world is companies can see this and fulfill the change. Also, Bitcoins are going to be able to leverage the unstable tax policies of those countries making it more attractive to move the production.
Otto Diy is very interesting to wake up technology interest in children and introduce them to computer science, now is very important to make young children to believe in science and to study it, as I see new generations are losing this interest manly in poor countries many people only want to be an artist and as it is not bad to be an artist is very good to have a way that young people will have a way to know more about technology and learn 

2 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Interesting analogy. As for bitcoin, a lot of countries have started adopting it already during this pandemic. It's really going to cause problems for most countries. As for young people only wanting to be artists and entertainers when they grow up, it couldn't have been so true. As a teacher, I see this growing attitude among the school kids.

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Johnny Waters new user

Wow this is so cool! A very novel idea and I could see this being used as a great tool to encourage young kids to learn the basics of coding! Has the team thought about reaching out to any school districts or anything like that? Some sort of way to sponsor science fairs might be a nice way to spread the word perhaps. Very verry cool project and if I had children, 100% I would do this with them. 

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Andi Rahman new user

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2 months ago

A rich pipeline of innovations in materials and processes—from nanomaterials to 3-D printing to advanced robotics—also promises to create fresh demand and drive further productivity gains across manufacturing industries and geographies.

2 months ago

I have visited Otto DIY website.

The Idea is great.

As a customer i would like to see following info on the site:

- What can the robots do?

- WIth what gadgets the robot can integrate?

- What are the main diff with other robots (Lego for example)?

- How to operate the robot?

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Jom Mendoza new user

I think this is brilliant. We must adopt the new normal now. This pandemic will affect us longer than we expect. Before the economy drops down, we must open businesses under new normal for safety of the consumers and employees as well. We must consider using most of the <a href="https://setiweb.ssl.berkeley.edu/show_user.php?userid=10935951">Technologies</a>

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I must add that with respect to cutting down cost, a lot of companies have already laid off a chunk of their workers and as Karen said, it's becoming difficult to get workers for certain essential businesses. Additive manufacturing can replace this loss without increasing costs.

2 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I'm just learning about additive and decentralized manufacturing and yea, they'll do a lot of good for companies and customers when employed during this ongoing pandemic. People need essential goods such as food and water on demand all the time and decentralized/additive manufacturing can surely alleviate such an issue

Unfortunately, I haven't ordered anything online. However, some of my friends have and just as you asked, almost anything ordered delays, sometimes by hours or even days. The situation doesn't look like improving any time soon. This is the more reason why additive and decentralized marketing look so appealing.

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Karen M guru

This pandemic has been an eye opener for many manufacturers. Short supplies all over the world on masks, sanitizer etc. Who would have ever thought that was possible?  Then other companies completely changing their normal production to help make theses high demand products. Ordering anything online that wasn't considered 'essential' has had delays, sometimes up to a week. Online grocery ordering/pickup got very backed up as well. The didn't have the workforce to keep up with demand. Things seem to be getting a bit better now but those essential businesses still need more workers and are having trouble getting them.

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NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

I am very sorry for posting this in your tasks but i think i have no other option than to do so: I created a task on crowdholding over a week ago and up till date nothing has been done or said about it and my deposit has been removed already and the task is coming to an end without it being published i am still wondering what went wrong. I have sent some emails to Ethan it took about 3 days for him to reply the first set of email i sent and now the second ones are still pending.

i know this is very unofficial but I don't know what to do anymore.

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I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

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Ethan Clime guru

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Taking a look now... You will get an email from me today

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Did you try reaching Ethan directly through telegram?

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i don't use telegram a lot, can you send how to contact him there.

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Go to a task where he replied. Try the crowdclick task then look for his reply. Click his name then the telegram logo will be on bottom of screen. Click that and you can message him directly. ( I hope this works for you) if not, let me know & I can message him on your behalf

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ok, i will try.

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One week and counting...Task still not showing...two new tasks has been added...am still wondering the validity of this.

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Were you able to reach Ethan?

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