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Forget 3D printing, 4D printing has arrived!

Imagine a world where you don’t have to assemble that Ikea closet yourself… Sounds too good to be true? Not according to Skylar Tibbits. He’s an architect and computer scientist at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. He focuses on self-assembly technologies. In other words: objects that make themselves. Tibbits has spoken about this concept on TED 2013 Februari
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A new wave of collaborative innovation

This year’s KPMG survey found that collaboration is becoming more important to global manufacturers, especially where innovation is concerned as a majority of respondents to increase collaborative their efforts with partner companies, key customers, and suppliers. This year’s survey found that 72 percent of respondents worldwide believe the “next wave of transformational innovation” in manufacturing
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Zero defect solutions

Zero-defect production: improving one process can deliver substantial benefits It’s stating the obvious, but still worthwhile doing so: every production defect is a problem – often several problems. Defects cause delays, cost money and damage the reputation both of the machine maker and of other businesses in the supply chain. So it pays to look
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Solar tracking – making the most of the sun’s energy

The development of photovoltaic systems – through which sunlight is converted to electricity – has accelerated rapidly over the past quarter-century, largely as a result of increased environmental awareness and high oil prices. There’s now a broad range of systems on offer, from the very small – providing power for individual pieces of equipment –