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Innovation in global production systems

Innovation in global production systems

Craft was once one of the main pillars of industry in Ireland, providing skilled employment in the manufacture of a wide range of ceramic, textile and glass based products. As we move from mass production to mass customisation, the advent of digital technology is transforming how and what we produce. In the following articles, The Economist magazine examines the impact of additive manufacturing and 3D printing on global production systems.

Solid print

Making things with a 3D printer changes the rules of manufacturing
Source: The Economist, 21st April 2012 | from the print edition.

 

A third industrial revolution

As manufacturing goes digital, it will change out of all recognition, says Paul Markillie. And some of the business of making things will return to rich countries
Source: The Economist, 21st April 2012 | from the print edition.

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