'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?'

Dystil Racing intended to make 3D printed race parts for motorcycles

Industrial designer Miles Keller was 'redesigning a part one day, printing it overnight and having it on a motorcycle the next day'.

'We involve potential manufacturers in optimizing the design'

Orlach Design works for startups as well as bigger clients like LG and Panasonic. 'Clients will price down every component,' says Dejan Orlac. 'Within that space you need to find a design, an identity and a process where you can choose something special.'

'We have lost 25 percent of our capacity in manufacturing'

Manufacturing veteran Nigel Southway wants to bring manufacturing back to Ontario. 'Manufacturing's been good to me,' he says. 'I am really concerned about what the next generation's opportunities in manufacturing will look like.'

'The supply chain engineer can be a bit of a unicorn'

Walter Garrison, Ryan Wicklum and Jason MacFarlane discussed the manufacturing supply chains and ecosystems in Ontario at Design for Manufacturing Summit #18 in Toronto.

'More and more manufacturing is coming back to North America'

Miles Keller of Dystil at DFM Summit #18 last week in Toronto talked about opportunities for innovation in furniture manufacturing in Ontario. 'Tooling is done differently now. There is such a digital side to it that it doesn't really matter where you are.'

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