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Sci-Fi Fridays #4: Rethinking manufacturing
Reminder: For the next several Fridays, we are going to provide a writing prompt based on a technology we think is ripe for a coordinated research program. In the comments, we want you to create a piece of flash fiction that includes the prompt technology in some way! At the end of the eight weeks, we’ll pick a first, second, and third place winner through a combination of likes on posts and program manager discretion. These people will receive one of Spectech’s “core books” that we send to people who join.
Rethinking the supply chain with modern machines. The modern manufacturing tool stack has changed drastically since the majority of our industrial base was created: laser and water jet cutters, 3D printers, robotics, 5-axis CNC, and a plethora of CAD tools. But the majority of products are still designed and made en masse the same way that they have been since the mid-20th century.
It might be possible create new manufacturing processes based on modern tooling that enables things to be created closer to point of use, reduce costs, and enable designs that would otherwise be impossible.
Hints: on-demand custom refrigerators made on site at Home Depot, open-source electric motors, autonomous factories in the middle of nowhere
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