Blockchain and 3D Printing Converge, Distributed Manufacturing Can Thrive

Introduction Since the start of the First Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been the force pushing industrial and societal transformation forward.

Today, we’re in the midst of another industrial revolution, as a new generation of sophisticated technologies is transforming manufacturing into a highly connected, intelligent, and ultimately, more productive industry.

The manpowered shop floor of the past is being replaced by smart manufacturing facilities where tech-savvy workers, aided by intelligent robots, are creating the products of the future.

In this Fourth Industrial Revolution, machinery is outfitted with smart sensors to collect comprehensive, real-time data; artificial intelligence enables superhuman production efficiency and seamless quality assurance; Blockchain transactions significantly expand transparency and security; edge computing assures nearly uninterrupted connectivity; and impending 5G speeds allow for ever-larger volumes of data processing from anywhere.

Modern manufacturers are no longer just makers, they are the thread that connects the entire lifecycle of a product, and to thrive in this modern environment, they must increasingly rely upon technology to power breakthrough innovations and drive more intelligent operations.

Regenor is well situated to build this bridge, having been on both sides of it. As a U.S. Air Force pilot and commander of a logistics organization, he experienced firsthand the delays and hurdles of the conventional aerospace supply chain. “Military aircraft are held hostage by long supply chains,” he says. “It can take 87 weeks to receive a forging or casting, and then another 4 to 6 months of lead time to actually get a needed aircraft part.”

Upon leaving the Air Force, Regenor joined Moog, the aerospace OEM that for a time owned 3D printing service bureau Linear Mold (Linear AMS). As a leader of Moog’s aircraft military aftermarket division, he became familiar with additive manufacturing technology and saw its potential for delivering parts and spares on a more rapid timeline. In 2018, Regenor left Moog to pursue the project that would eventually become VeriTX. The company is now close to launching, with multiple proof-of-concept successes under its belt.

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Abhishek Shah

Journalist at TechMantle Technology Writer, Entrepreneurship, Business, IoT, Management

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