20160117 Automation for 21st Century Products

20160117 Automation for 21st Century Products

Postby tahanson43206 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:50 pm

The premise of this thread is that it should be possible for an individual or small group to produce complex products which have become common in the early years of the 21st Century, through development of a sufficient level of automation.

A simple example is a zipper, which is an accessory in clothing so common as to be ignored, but my impression is that manufacture of zippers whether made of metal or other substances, requires the labors of hundreds if not thousands of people.

The zippers are made by machines tended by a few individuals, but the organizations required to manufacture, market and distribute the products in the complex society of 2016 are massive, and for the most part, they are global.

On Mars or any other off-Earth location, there will only be a few people in a community for an extended period of time, so the ability to make complex products on site will require a level of automation not currently available on Earth.

Is there a market for automation capable of "manufacturing" a zipper on demand?

There are two possible markets that I see ...

First, those who are preparing to build and support communities away from Earth will be interested.

Second, those who are preparing to sustain themselves and their families in the event of the disruption of the fragile, global economy of 2016 will be interested.

A possible third category might be those who see an opportunity to deliver custom made products to local customers.

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20160124 Automation for 21st Century Products: Appliances

Postby tahanson43206 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:48 pm

This installment of Automation for 21st Century Products calls for participation by persons who are intrigued by the challenge of developing technology to produce appliances at the push of a button.

The idea here is to stimulate participation by persons with the creativity, vision and hands-on capability to move the project forward.

3D Printers offer a glimpse of what is possible in 2016, while Star Trek has been showing a popularized visualization of matter assemblers for decades.

The scenario at the heart of this thread is a small community of human beings on Earth, or anywhere else, able to live at a 21st technology level without the 7 billion people we need now.

Dr. Dartnell's book is the inspiration upon which this thread can develop.

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