What’s missing in manufacturing? Experts weigh in with innovations we need by 2025.

Amsterdam – Hubs, the global leader in distributed manufacturing, spoke with seven experts about what is missing in manufacturing and the innovations we need to improve the industry by 2025.

We asked these industry leaders, ranging from mechanical engineers and product designers to material-composite experts and tech journalists, about what could be improved in manufacturing. Why is existing technology underutilized and what new technologies are almost within reach?

They focused on eight major changes that could accelerate manufacturing, including hybrid manufacturing and standardized machining for composites. We gathered their insights into this article about the innovations shaping the future of manufacturing.

Interviewees include:

Alex Huckstepp: Head of business development at ARRIS, a next-gen manufacturing company focused on composite materials.

Filemon Schoffer: Co-founder of Hubs, an online manufacturing platform that provides engineers with on-demand access to a global network of manufacturing services.

Hardy Shen: Mechanical engineer who has designed products for SurfaceInk, iPhone, Nike, Oculus and more.

Richard Hulskes: Co-founder of Wevolver, a knowledge-sharing website for the engineering community.

Robin Dechant: Editor of the Future of Manufacturing newsletter and co-founder of Aveo, an e-learning platform offering courses in manufacturing.

Sarah Goehrke: Head of DEI and board director of nonprofit Women in 3D Printing and senior director of strategic communications and ecosystems of Nexa3D, a 3D printer manufacturer.

Spencer Wright: Founder and editor-in-chief of The Prepared, a small media company focused on engineering and manufacturing with a podcast and very popular weekly newsletter.

These experts offered predictions ranging from cobots speeding up factory output and machines communicating with each other to optimize capacity to AI helping manufacturers make data-driven decisions and new types of CNC machines providing faster and more flexible solutions. Read the full article here.

About Hubs:
Hubs, formerly 3D Hubs, is an online manufacturing platform that provides engineers with on-demand access to a global network of manufacturing services. Users can easily upload their design, instantly receive a quote, and start production at the click of a button. Founded in Amsterdam in 2013, Hubs was acquired by Protolabs in January 2021.

To date, Hubs has produced more than 7 million parts, using various manufacturing technologies, including CNC machining, 3D printing, injection molding and sheet metal fabrication.

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