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Automated Manufacturing for 3-D Printers
Drawing on artificial-intelligence capabilities, PARC researchers are developing software meant to help make manufacturing accessible to people without manufacturing expertise.
31 October 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Mike Orcutt

"In theory, 3-D printing gives consumers the ability to conceive of and make various products. But designing many objects requires specialized knowledge of geometry, materials, and manufacturing processes. Researchers at PARC are now building software tools meant to automate that kind of judgment. The goal, says PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, is to build programs that enable non-experts to “kind of think their way through a design space” before sending any instructions to the printer.

Participants in a growing online community of enthusiasts have already uploaded hundreds of thousands of designs for 3-D-printed objects. The problem is that in conventional production settings, manufacturing engineers who are well versed in the design constraints imposed by specific materials and manufacturing methods “eliminate a whole set of choices at the beginning because they know what can cause problems down the road,” says Hoover (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers). That doesn’t necessarily happen in the world of 3-D printing."

 

The Next Manufacturing Revolution Is Not 3D. It’s Software
12 June 2013 | Techonomy
by Leon Wong

PARC's Leon Wong writes, "The buzz about 3D printing, or 'additive manufacturing,' is so loud it’s easy to mistake it for a technology that will solve all of manufacturing’s challenges. Prices for 3D printers are dropping furiously...There’s even talk about printing out electronics integrated into the mechanical structures.  But for many factories of the future, the 3D printer will simply be an important piece of equipment that works in harmony with other elements."

 

High-Tech Factories Built to Be Engines of Innovation
13 December 2012 | The New York Times
by Annie Lowrey

“The manufacturing process itself is going through an innovation revolution,” said Stephen Hoover, chief executive of PARC. “It’s not four million people on an assembly line. It’s a small number of really highly skilled people.”

 

Video -- PARC CEO Stephen Hoover On The Business Of Innovation
19 November 2012 | Forbes
by Tomio Geron

Stephen Hoover discusses printed and flexible electronics, the future of manufacturing, and PARC's open innovation model.

 

Democratizing manufacturing, minus the people
13 November 2012 | Los Angeles Times
by Jon Healey

"In fact, PARC is already developing ways to print electronics and to print mechanical structures and electronics together, said Stephen Hoover, chief executive of PARC. He predicted the initial applications will emerge in about two years, including wearable sensors that can be put onto any product. Other possibilities include printed batteries, memory chips and displays...

3D printing is just one part of a larger trend democratizing design and production, Hoover of PARC said. 'We can imagine assembly automation and 3D printing combining' with other automation techniques into 'a virtual supply chain,' Hoover said."

 

Video -- Stephen Hoover Presents "Making Things Matters"
12 November 2012 | Techonomy 2012

Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, speaks at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.

 

Why Making Things Still Matters
10 November 2012 | Techonomy
by Stephen Hoover

"Our ability to manufacture—and innovate and make the process better—has always been a core part of our country’s innovation cycle, spawning incredibly vast new industries and businesses from these historic revolutions. But the pendulum of the tech industry has shifted so far to software and services that we may soon face major uphill battles to reclaim our foothold on the “making” part of innovation, as well as the opportunity to bring manufacturing back to the US...

We are at a point where we need to return to our roots and really focus on innovation opportunities in how things are made...We as a nation need to take global leadership in driving this phase change in manufacturing, as historically we always have...Because making things matters."

 

Techonomy Detroit 2012: Education is Everything
12 September 2012 | Huffington Post
by Ashley Woods

"Stephen Hoover is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company that prides itself on innovation...

Speaking on a panel at Techonomy 2012 hosted by Daniel Howes of the Detroit News, Hoover and his fellow panelists agreed that Detroit 2.0 could capitalize on its legacy of manufacturing experience to create more jobs."

 

Video -- Manufacturing’s Future and the Impact on Jobs
12 September 2012 | Techonomy Detroit
by Stephen Hoover; Amar Hanspal; Lou Rassey

Panel session from Techonomy Detroit about how the technologization of manufacturing can create new jobs instead of killing them.

Speakers include PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, Amar Hanspal of Autodesk, and Lou Rassey of McKinsey & Company.

 

How the U.S. Can Reinvent Manufacturing
8 September 2012 | Techonomy
by Stephen Hoover

"'Manufacturing 2.0' is a radical shift already underway, and many key elements are taking shape. As technologies and business models evolve, we have an opportunity in the US to create and own the future of manufacturing. That means the opportunity for a resurgence of US manufacturing, creating big changes in the economy and revitalizing US cities across the country.

To realize this vision, businesses must start exploring new manufacturing technologies and business models, and US government needs to begin developing coordinated policies to support R&D, public education, and further investment in this new approach to manufacturing."

 

Penn State ARL to lead defense manufacturing research project
29 August 2012 | R&D

"Streamlining the design and manufacture of U.S. Department of Defense equipment, including vehicles, weapons, and other complex systems, is the goal of a $48 million contract recently awarded to Penn State University's Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB) program, which is part of the agency's Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) portfolio...

The research capabilities of Penn State's Department of Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University, Bradley University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Texas, Austin, Arizona State University, RECON Services, and PARC will help develop the information architecture to enhance the manufacturing state of the art."