How digitizing the supply chain could save it, and the world (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #132)

The world of today is ripe with opportunities as well as problems to solve. Fortunately, we are now more equipped than ever before to address them, thanks to new technological tools that are changing the face of the supply chain. In the current state of political tensions and rising tariffs, digitized IPs and on-demand manufacturing through 3D printing could offer interesting new pathways to dealing with commerce. Similarly, IIoT technologies are being employed massively throughout the supply chain to tackle inefficiencies and operational awareness, where the food industry is already losing more than $150B to waste. Speaking of awareness, digital frameworks like the blockchain could give complete and transparent traceability to everything in our world, including where our products come from and their sources.

Want Relief From Tariffs And Trade Disruptions? It’s 3D Printing To The Rescue

USA and China trade war concept, cargo freight containers with flag.

The U.S.-China trade war drags on, with painful tariffs taking a chunk out of profits. Brexit promises more uncertainty in all regards, not only for the U.K. but for all of its trading partners—in essence, the whole world. One huge answer looks to be coming from the world of 3D printing, a.k.a. additive manufacturing (AM). […] it presents the possibility of shipping not parts or even finished goods across the world, but instead digital files. The results of that revolution could be even more staggering than those promised by the new production methods.

Read the full article at Forbes.

How the IIoT will make the cold chain smarter, safer and more efficient

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Refrigeration-equipment malfunctions, long wait times in hot locations like loading docks, and a lack of cold-chain resources in developing agricultural markets all contribute to the problem. Analysts estimate that solving these cold chain problems could save the food industry $150 billion a year in waste alone. Wireless sensors can help by providing visibility at every point from farm to retailer. These sensors are small, inexpensive, and easy to use in packaging, shipping containers, trucks, and warehouses to measure temperature, humidity and other conditions that affect product quality.

Keep reading at Smart Industry.

Climate in the Digital Age

This age of innovation is marked by a 50% increase in greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere since 1990.

This age of innovation is marked by a 50% increase in greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere since 1990. We’ve seen a rise in the global surface temperature of approximately 1-degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. One of the greatest benefits of blockchain is that it empowers communities to create its own solutions and incentivization systems, rather than looking toward a higher centralized power. The World Economic Forum provides a framework of potential solutions that could be born from blockchain technology.

Read more at Forbes.

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AM helps us tackle environmental issues from the ground up (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 86)

Humans are having a tremendous impact on the environment. The complex interweaving systems of industry, infrastructure and more are taking their toll in terms of pollution, waste and climate change. Fortunately, we’ve never been more conscious about this, and the newest technologies are being employed, and developed, with these issues in mind. AM is already redefining the idea of wastefulness, shifting the production paradigm from warehouse stocks to as-needed. This means that not only production will be less wasteful, but the entire network will be extremely optimized, requiring less shipping and thus cutting emissions. Each AM technology will need time to develop and improve upon the positive impact it can deliver to the world, solving problems like high energy consumption, but the future is getting a little brighter also thanks to them.

How 3D Printing Is Fighting Global Warming

The additive manufacturing industry overflows with companies that are thinking long term and refusing to sit idly as our environment suffers to the detriment of future generations. In the clouds of darkness that hover, these technologies could be the light. Here are five particularly potent examples: slashing shipping, reducing product waste, cutting emissions, making cars lighter, documenting vanishing ecosystems.

Read more about each example on Fortune.

ETH Zurich’s DFAB house installs largest ever 3D printed concrete slab

The DFAB construction project underway at ETH Zurich aims to use all the latest digital technologies to produce a real three-story house. After using the robotic additive deposition to produce walls and advance composite materials for internal complex structures, now the researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete “Smart Slab” lab using large format binder jetting technology. This makes the DFAB house the world’s first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Read the rest here.

Is 3D Printing Really As Eco-friendly As We Think It Is?

Environmental impacts of 3D printing according to materials and processes. Chart via Umweltbundesamt.

A recent study by German environmental association, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), gives information on 3D printing and the environment. Titled 3D Printing Trend report for assessing the environmental impacts, this study details the burdens and benefits of additive manufacturing within the environment, and its impact on personal health at home and in factories.

Read the full article here.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September