In a series of blog posts, I have shared some of Autodesk's vision for the future of making:
- THE FUTURE OF MAKING is Autodesk's follow up book to IMAGINE DESIGN CREATE
- More Words About Buildings and Food
- More of the Why Regarding the Future of Making
This is a continuation of that sharing:
How do we make better things? Things that are better suited to their use, and to their user. Things that are better suited to human need.
Off-the-shelf things no longer fit our needs nor our desires. Mass production has given way to mass customization, and the digital is now integrated into so much of the physical. The things we make today contain sensors and software, microprocessors and media.
They are more connected and more configurable, but now there’s an opportunity to create things that are more meaningful.
What about how we make things? What role can automation play in making them better? A proliferation of new advanced manufacturing capabilities is changing what we can make. The things we make are no longer constrained by the physical process of making.
Robots are no longer constrained to the factory. We’re starting to see them move from the production line to the construction site. 3D printing is no longer constrained to prototyping. In aerospace and automotive, additive manufacturing is increasingly production-proven. We are capable of making things of increasing complexity and increasing fidelity. Now there’s an opportunity to make things of increasing value — things that perform better and last longer.
And how about the work we do? How is automation affecting that?
The things we make are increasingly connected. So are our industries and our supply chains. The things we make are more configurable. and so are our methods of production. We are less constrained by the physical process of making and so too is our work. The way we design and make things across all industries are converging, and so too are the challenges we all face in our projects. And the capabilities we all need.
Automation has given us the opportunity to create things that are more meaningful. And now we have the opportunity to use automation to create more meaningful work.
Because just as automation is changing how we work, it’s also changing what we work on. It’s changing the things we are capable of making. Helping us make better things.
Here's how Autodesk describes itself.
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a blockbuster film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental).
Making is alive in the lab.