'If you are not doing lean, your competition is'

In a panel with NYU Poly's Michael Greenstein and ITAC's Tara Stand, manufacturer Stephen Giumenta talked about the cultural challenges implementing lean practices. Do industrial designers care about lean and DFM?

'Industrial design in this context looks a lot like fashion design'

'Our goal was to keep product in a digital format as long as possible and only instantiate it at the point of consumption,' Ponoko co-founder David ten Have said in his keynote at Design for Manufacturing Summit #2.

Pensa developed 3D wire printer

Besides work for big clients, Dumbo-based product design firm Pensa also develops projects like DIWire and Street Charge. 'It is always good to be constantly experimenting,' founder Marco Perry says.

'Information is critical to design workflow'

Knovel founder Chris Forbes recognizes growing demand for engineering information from individual industrial designers. 'There hasn't been a lot of information literacy in the CAD/CAM business,' he says. 'That is changing as they try to address the entire workflow.'

'Investors don't like the maker scene that much'

Tactonic develops pressure imaging sensors. 'We are the first company that has been able to develop a sensor that can seamlessly tile to large sizes at a reasonable price,' says co-founder and CTO Charles Hendee.

Parsons role 'to make links between designers and manufacturers'

PJ Carlino teaches product design, materials and manufacturing at Parsons School for Design. 'A lot of product is disposable that should not be,' he says.

Lean manufacturing removes waste from product development

Tara Stand is an Operations Consultant and black belt in Innovation Engineering for ITAC. She helps New York manufacturers improve their processes. 'Sales, design, R&D, manufacturing should all be talking on a regular basis,' she says.

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