'You're done when there aren't any more problems'

'We had to push our manufacturing partners,' Jeff Wollenzien of Shape Products said in the electronics panel at the DFM Summit in Toronto last month. 'We have this idea. Is this viable? Can we make this work for production?'

Matmatch wants 'to be a source of materials inspiration'

Sourcing materials is 'ripe for disruption', Matmatch CEO Melissa Albeck said in her keynote at DFM Summit #24 last month in London.

'Simulation gives you a good idea how your product would stand up in its environment'

Jimmy Scott was at Cray Research and Silicon Graphics when they developed the first supercomputers and software for 3D modeling. With Dr. Javad Mostaghimi of the University of Toronto he is now building up Simulent, an engineering consultancy in computational fluid dynamics.

'We benchmark everything. We've analyzed Barbie'

'You would not believe how many people want to know how to make a much lower cost rice cooker with easier manufacturing and more features,' Sandy Munro said in his keynote at the inaugural DFM Summit in Toronto.

'There might be more happening than we know about'

In the opening panel of DFM Summit #11 Roland Stapper and Tom Tobia discussed why the Netherlands is such a hotbed for 3D printing. 'In the 80s and 90s we as a nation willfully dismissed the idea that manufacturing could provide high value jobs,' Tobia responded. 'We have got some catching up to do.'

'Complexity comes free' in digital fabrication

ShopBot founder Ted Hall at DFM Summit #5 discussed decentralization in manufacturing and the return of cottage industries. Hall appreciates the 'lifestyle opportunity' in this trend, but makes the neo-luddite argument that digital fabrication is 'unlikely to improve or increase employment'.

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