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The latest technology isn't enough – you need the business model to go with it

A designer checks a 3D-printed wheel of a motorcycle. Image: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Jon Bruner
Director, Digital Factory, Formlabs
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Factories that used group-drive systems (top) were organized around the flow of power through rotating shafts and belts. They were dangerous, inefficient, and inflexible. The modern factory (bottom) emerged in the 1920s, when a new generation of factory managers built plants with individual electric motors in each machine. The resulting facilities were bright, efficient, and flexible, with layouts that reflected the flow of materials and labor, free from the constraints of mechanical power delivery. Image: Library of Congress
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