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Skate Where the Puck is Going: Toward Additive Manufacturing

Via Scoop.itDigital Fabrication – teaching using new technology

By recalling hockey legend Wayne Gretsky’s secret to success, Senior Editor, Peter Zelinski explains why Gardner launched the publication. Gretsky said his secret was to skate where the puck is going, not where it’s been. It involves “seeing the motion of the game and forecasting where it will lead,” says Zelinski. “In manufacturing, the motion looks like this: “Engineers will demand increasingly complex parts in quantities smaller than mass production. Meanwhile, material costs will keep rising so that “subtracted” material (i.e. chips)…will increasingly be seen as an expense.” Zelinski asserts that these “trends favor additive manufacturing and suggest that additive processes are set to start seeing wider use.”


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