Skip to comments.Globalized Trade Being Destroyed by Robotics and 3-D Printing
Posted on 06/09/2016 6:57:17 AM PDT by Hojczyk
Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D Printing, is further degrading the cost savings from globalization. Traditional batch manufacturing practices require a series of separate molds and multiple steps to achieve economies of scale cost reductions.
But 3-D printers can produce multiple designs and perform multiple steps on the same machine. Consequently, batch manufacturing can have diseconomies of scale costs. Manufacturers moving to 3-D printing threatens to reverse many of globalizations cost advantages from supply chain specialization and standardization, encouraging more parts to be made in fewer locations.
Manufacturing plastic and composite parts with 3-D printers is already competitive for a growing number of products. But 3-D printing of metal parts is still generally less reliable and more expensive than globalized parts making. But in a decade, 3-D Printing will be cost advantageous.
This new industrial revolution will not eliminate all the benefits of cheap labor, but it will shrink the number of countries that can industrialize, diversify and grow their economies. This will make trade more regionalized as production migrates back toward consumer countries.
Stratfor suggests that trade blocs such as NAFTA could become virtually self-sufficient over the next couple decades. Regionalization of trade has clear benefits for the United States as a highly-educated and high-wage nation and Mexico as a less-educated and lower-wage nation.
But poor nations in East and Central Africa, as well as parts of Southeast Asia, that thought globalization would allow their cheaper labor to eventually replace China as the worlds next manufacturing bases, could face continued
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The world is changing yet again.
IF it helps America, like the article says, i’m all for it.
But one day i’m gonna understand 3d printing and my head is gonna explode.
kept eye on stock but they never really did explode.
maybe a long term thing?
Political power grows out of the nozzle of a 3-D Printer.
Run & Hide, Run & Hide! Technology will be
"The End Of Life As We Know It"
Additive Manufacturing, or 3D Printing, is optimized for very low production runs. Traditional molding will still be far more economical for large runs.
There is more than enough space in the marketplace for both types, and trade may actually increase if the two processes are joined.
For example, bulk molding of a basic case or substrate, then customization of detailing using 3D Printing, possibly at the POS.
All this is a result of over regulating the industries and the greedy unions . Robots and automation is a natural reaction to find the path of least resistance for manufacturers and service oriented businesses to avoid compromising their profits to over regulation and the unions . Many times the profits are used for expansion and research and development which in turn would create more job opportunities etc . . I can hardly blame these business folks for their resistance ,, I do blame the over regulation and greedy unions who will never bend to tuff economic times and the shared responsibility of fiscal restraint .
It is all about the transhumanism described by Julian Huxley.
All this “robots and automation” is to make human beings obsolete, so the psychopath sodomite elites can eliminate billions and control the NWO. They want the filthy humans off their planet and controlled by AI-—all chipped and emotions/desires artificially controlled (like in The Giver/Brave New World). Only their elite few will be Free to reproduce and be autonomous (have Free Will). Armies will be drones (machines) and they will have total control over the masses, where you live, what you “think”, or they will kill you.
Of course, once Common Core gets through embedding the correct, irrational emotions (stupidity) into your children with their indoctrination curricula of psychological warfare on their little Minds-—the “happy slaves” (useful idiots) of Fichte’s little wet dream of 1810 (where all children are so dumb and irrational, “Snow is Black” and Up is Down and Freedom is Slavery and Boys are Girls) will be COMPLETE for the NWO.
The little socialist/tribal (irrational/dehumanized) minds of the Inca tribes that the Jesuits noted.
Just happy, compliant”group (non) thinkers” who are herded and controlled by a few elites who have total control over life and death of the masses. We become godless herded animals (slaves to the elites). The elites have DESTROYED our Constitution—our unalienable Natural Rights which can ONLY come from God. (They banned God decades ago from our culture/schools/MSM to control the desires/emotions of your children so Free Will (thinking critically/Excellence) is IMPOSSIBLE).
Talk to one of the incoherent, non-thinkers graduating with PhD’s....they are ignorant of the Wisdom of the Ages (Western Civilization/Christianity) and have a fascist mentality of a Useful Idiot who are going to be the first ones killed by the psychotic, sodomite elites when they get total control of all our information/ideas/movement. Jokes on them.
You can buy an inexpensive printer and play with it yourself.
kept eye on stock but they never really did explode.
Which company? The market is really fragmented right now, and it's still a niche market for hobbyists. It reminds me of the personal computer industry in the late 70's. kept eye on stock but they never really did explode.
Some companies are already using 3D printing to create a prototype, and using the prototype to create a mold. This makes the entire process much easier, because you can make sure the object is correct before committing to building a mold.
But, I think 3D printing will do: lower the cost of entry so that ANYONE can design and build something, without a huge investment. It's already creating an "open source hardware" community, much like the open source hardware community that created Linux and many other tools.
I don't think anyone can predict what will be created from that community. There is already a lot of junk and trinkets, but there will eventually be some real game-changers.
One thing that I'm really curious about: medical researchers are experimenting with using a 3D printer to "print" living cells, and create transplants. They can take living cells from a person's body, culture them and "print" them into a replica that won't be rejected.
At the moment, they've succeeded with cartilage to reconstruct something like an ear, and at some point they should be able to print an entire organ like a liver.
Not always... ;) I have one client who uses a specific part in 20K/month quantities. That’s not large or huge, but it is pretty good sized. He replaced 4 tooled-and-assembled parts with a single 3D printed piece (the tools to make it one-piece would have been impossible due to the slides and orientations needed).
The cost ended up being the same, after all assembly and scrap rates were figured in. Scaling is simply a matter of adding more Stratasys printers as needed.
Eventually 3D printing will be cost competitive with tooling-and-molding for everything except massive volume (greater than 1MM per month shots), but will promise a LOT fast scaling and flexibility of design change relative to the tooling approach.
That day is still 10 years off - but it IS coming.
Should be a win for US, especially with those students who spend more time on the pc playing games than those failing math tests. With third world nations consistently beating American children in math tests, our schools are producing generation after generation of students who are as clueless as a box of rocks.
Truth be told, less people will be needed to produce thing with 3-D printing. Those educated enough to run these printers will be few and far between.
Besides, most of the jobs will be laborers loading the raw plastics and metal pellets into the loaders. The technological side will use one person per unit.
Just as drilling in oil fields is done with computers so the labor force is reduced, so too will this happen with 3-D printers regardless of the state, or country they re being operated in.
3-D printers may hit third world country manufacturing hard, but it’s not going to be as big a boon to our labor market as they make it seem. It’s just another machine that does the work of humans, and in this case tens of thousands will be left looking for a job.
It is not exactly a Replicator like on the Enterprise. Yet.
They are actually meeting this week to promote exactly that.
It’s not transhumanism, it’s progress. We’ve been on a multi-millennia quest to make life easier and give ourselves a more comfortable standard of living with less effort. Since the first person affixed to chunks of wood together to make a cart so they could drag larger things than they could carry we’ve been marching in this direction. People won’t become obsolete, we’re just going to be able to do things with a button push instead of hours of hard effort and even more hours of training.
The only scary part is what are we going to do for jobs because this path leads to an extremely high standard of living with most people not actually needing to do anything.
From the comments below your link:
Steven Gresh a month ago
I know this article is old but still, this was some horrible advice at the time.
Peachy: Was not close to being available “right now” when this article was written. Owners stole over half their money to build his house. They’re done.
MakiBox: Went out of business pretty quickly, was in preorder status when article was written. Totally not available “right now”
Phoenix 3D: Total flop. Was not established at all when article was written.
Buccaneer: Again, huge catastrophe, not established when article was written.
Solidoodle: Was established when article was written, so can’t fault you there. They did just go out of business tho.
Haven’t heard of the other ones except PrintrBot which is a good product.
Kickstarter/Preorder does NOT equal “available”, especially in 3D printing.
Yes, it was just a random article I found. I didn't mean for it to be any kind of endorsement.
As I wrote, 3D printing reminds me of the early PC market back in the 70's, when almost everything was a kit. I don't think any of those companies are still in business.
PC's were still a "hobby" back then. It wasn't until Apple and especially IBM got into the market that it really took off. With a defacto standard, and software to support them, they became business tools.
That's what I expect with 3D printing: some level of standardization, and different kinds of materials to serve different markets.
Trekonomics. They’ll perfect the Star Trek replicators, there will no longer be any need to earn a living, and we’ll all be on welfare.
Or on starships searching the universe for green Orion slave girls to score.
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