Atomised manufacturing will lead to inshoring
“The story of “robots eating jobs” is pervasive in the manufacturing industry—but it doesn’t paint the whole picture.
We’ve seen automation eat up jobs, but even as we lost roughly 22 million manufacturing jobs worldwide between 1995 and 2002, we also saw a twenty percent increase in industrial output during that same time.
Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co, is one of the leaders pioneering this 21st century maker renaissance. The company makes a portable, precise milling machine the Othermill, which creates 2D and 3D objects from digital designs. Biohackers are home-brewing insulin, and now, low-cost 3D printers and CNC (computerized numerical control) machines are allowing people with little training to create circuit boards and fabricate basic mechanical parts in the comfort of their homes.
Applestone is speaking at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing conference in May, but we wanted to get a sneak preview on how low-barrier technologies will affect US manufacturing”…more…