Manufacturing

Secrets of Product Dev with RiutBag - Part 2: rapid prototyping and respecting reality

Secrets of Product Dev with RiutBag - Part 2: rapid prototyping and respecting reality

(Part 2 of 2) Whether we code, weld or stitch products together, everything we make for our users contains design problems to solve. How we solve these problems can, at the very least, minimise time-to-market and maximise innovation returns. What development techniques do designers use when designing and testing physical products? Can the design of textiles shine light on (systems? software?) development? Conflux spoke to one-person startup Sarah Giblin, founder of Kickstarter success RiutBag, to discover her unique and effective approach to product development. This article is part two of two.

Secrets of Product Dev with RiutBag - Part 1: metrics and co-creation

Secrets of Product Dev with RiutBag - Part 1: metrics and co-creation

(Part 1 of 2) Whether we code, weld or stitch products together, everything we make for our users contains design problems to solve. How we solve these problems can, at the very least, minimise time-to-market and maximise innovation returns. What development techniques do designers use when designing and testing physical products? Can the design of textiles shine light on (systems? software?) development? Conflux spoke to one-person startup Sarah Giblin, founder of Kickstarter success RiutBag, to discover her unique and effective approach to product development. This article is part one of two.

Trends in digital manufacturing at Smart Factory Expo 2018

Trends in digital manufacturing at Smart Factory Expo 2018

We recently visited the Smart Factory Expo 2018.

Summary: 2019 is the year for manufacturing leaders and engineering managers to begin and accelerate their company’s digital manufacturing journey. The UK manufacturing sector lags behind many similar countries in terms of 4IR and digitalisation, and the world will not wait for the UK to catch up.

What can Manufacturing & Making learn from 20 years of software development?

What can Manufacturing & Making learn from 20 years of software development?

I recently gave a talk at the Digital in Manufacturing and Making event as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2018 reflecting on what the software industry has learned in the past 20 years that could be useful for people in manufacturing and making.

Factories of the Future — Industry 4.0 Summit — IO-Link, Rexroth, and more

Factories of the Future — Industry 4.0 Summit — IO-Link, Rexroth, and more

What will the factory of the future look like? How will digital approaches like IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and 4IR (4th Industrial Revolution) affect how things are made? With a colleague from Conflux, I recently went to the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester to see the Factories of the Future expo. In summary, we can expect IIoT and 4IR to shape manufacturing in some positive ways…