In its second year, Best Practices for Automotive brought key industry thought leaders to the stage on topics ranging from cybersecurity to global supply chain to 3D printing. Relive some of 2016’s best moments from the main stage with these video highlights. See you in 2017!
David Woessner on Disrupting Automotive with 3D Printing
Vehicle design and assembly has changed little since the days of Henry Ford, despite immeasurable advances in technology. Still, vehicle manufacturers define efficiencies based on economies of scale-large capital investments, high volume production, limited product mix, low profit margins and slow-paced innovations. By instead utilizing a network of microfactories and just-in-time systems, employing direct digital manufacturing (including 3D printing) and relying on the creative power of the crowd, Local Motors turns the traditional vehicle on its head. These strategies eliminate the need for retooling a factory, allow for rapid advancements in technology and customization, and reduce capital investment and environmental footprint.
Lawrence D. Burns, Consultant to Google & Hess, Former R&D Executive & Industry Thought-Leader and Professor of Engineering Practice at University of Michigan, discussed the ways in which new technology and business models are converging to transform the way people and goods move around and interact. It is now possible to supply better mobility at significantly lower cost to consumers and society by innovatively combining connected, coordinated, driverless, shared and tailored vehicles.
Driving Mobility Through Innovation
Jeffrey J. Owens is chief technology officer and executive vice president of Delphi Automotive, a $17B global automotive systems supplier. Owens is responsible for the enterprise information technology function and Delphi’s global engineering organization, which includes more than 19,000 technologists located in 15 major technical centers. Owens leads the company’s innovation strategies while driving advanced technologies supporting the global ega trends of safe, green and connected.
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