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The Future of Making What’s it all about? – 3 January 2019

2019 is set to be another exciting year with advancements in the way we design, make and use constantly developing. If you’ve been following us on social media, you may have heard us mention a term ‘Future of Making’. The Future of Making is a term which is not only driving businesses forwards but also defining the way we live in the modern world. It’s a really useful way to assess your own design and manufacturing practices in order to help you align your business goals with the rate of change and development.

 

What exactly is the Future of Making?

The future of making is a term coined by Autodesk to describe a shift in the way we design, the way we make, and the way we use. It encompasses a wide range of technologies, a new way of thinking and an innovative way of working which is disrupting the very foundations of our business.

 

Who is it powered by?

Essentially, all of us. From a new age of demanding consumers, to the makers and the manufacturers, to the service providers, and back to the consumers who provide the feedback and data for the process to begin again. It’s an interactive, evolving and ever flowing process based around three core elements - Design, Make and Use.

 

Let’s break it down…

 

Design

The way we design has fundamentally changed over the past few decades, with the addition of new technologies and the introduction of globalisation. Here’s a few aspects which are revolutionising the way we design…

Virtual Teams

At the heart of the design process is the team. Die to a combination of globalisation, outsourcing, flexible working and the use of the most talented people wherever they are based, virtual projects are now more common than ever before and software is being created to incorporate this.

Funding

Democratised funding is levelling the playing field for marketable ideas and equity crowdfunding is giving small businesses and start-ups the chance to really grow. The likes of Oculus VR; now owned by Facebook, and Wobble Works; who created the 3Doodler 3D printing pen, were founded using equity crowdfunding platforms.

Computing Power

There are now approximately 3.2 billion people (55% of the world’s population) with access to the internet. The vast amounts of computing power mean we can access almost anything, anytime, and anywhere thanks to the cloud.

 

Make 

The way we make is changing at an increasing rate. This change is not optional but more an essential part of keeping up with the design process. Below are three fundamental aspects affecting the way we make…

Production

Advanced manufacturing methods such as 3D printing and robotics mean methods of prefabrication are hastening speed to market. More efficient and advanced processes are creating new competition and are wiping out those who don’t adapt.

Access

Micro-factories are replacing traditional production facilities, enabling start-ups to compete with large corporations as manufacturing is decentralised and distributed on a wider scale.

Consumers

Today’s consumers are a generation of ‘constantly on’ people, used to getting what they want at the click of a button. There’s also an increasing demand for personalisation and customised products, with the expectation of receiving the product almost instantly.

This new age of consumers is forcing the manufacturing industry to adapt in a sink or swim ultimatum.

 

Use

The way we interact with products and services now is very different to a decade ago. With the internet of things, Big Data and smart objects, we’re constantly sending feedback as consumers.

Sensors

Places, things and media are collecting and communicating data points by the billions, enabling creators to gain unique insights into the way people interact with products and services, enabling continuous developments and improvements.

Feedback loop

Connected structures and products respond to user data and provide insights for improvements. They also allow for continuous monitoring so that maintenance work can be carried out before any structural damage occurs.

 

The future of making is now in full motion, charging forwards at a rapid rate. It’s a combination of both the physical and the digital, the results of which are radically changing the environment we live in.

Here at Cadspec, we understand that change isn’t always easy and can be both time consuming and costly for your business. Our dedicated team of consultants are able to help facilitate this change with our best practice and BIM consultancy solutions. Contact us today for more info.

 

Did you know, you can also take a Future of Making Readiness Assessment to determine how on track your business is an identify areas of strength and weakness. It a short online assessment which you can carry out with no obligation. The Future of Making Readiness Assessment can be found here

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