1. Digital manufacturing could eliminate warehouses, create on-demand production

    As manufacturing industries go digital, products that were once generated via a set of build plans are now created in digital files that can be exported anywhere in the world. When 3D printing is added to that equation, products are no longer produced in anticipation of orders, but on demand, as needed. There are, however, existing cultural industry biases -- engineers and designers who are entrenched in conventional manufacturing methods -- that limit the adoption of 3D printing, stifling its full potential.

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    1. What we need in our design organizations is someone who doesn't have those cultural biases [and who says] when we go to design a new part for our spacecraft or rocket engine..., how do we build this with new technology?
    2. Our aerospace and space products really cost too much and take too long today.
    3. We're on a long-term journey to Mars at NASA. So our goal for in-space manufacturing...is to not have to take all the supplies with us.
    4. How strong has it to be? How light has it to be? How cost effective does it have to be so when you're a designer trying to decide the best way to make the product, he can decide those things.
    5. Our devices will be cloud connected.
    6. We're poorly connected and poorly interoperable.
    7. Two weeks ago, we explained to our agents what we were doing with digital manufacturing. My request to them was try not to slow us down too much with too much regulation.
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