Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Monday, October 3, 2022

Beef Jerky and the Future of Manufacturing 

<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="95" height="81" />Is there a lesson to be learned from a recent PBS story about craft beer and artisanal jerky?

NPR recently aired a story by their Planet Money team about craft beer and artisanal jerky.

Great! You say, but what does that have to do with manufacturing?

In an interesting comparison, the story suggested that manufacturers could take the same approach as the beer and jerky industries – move from making a bunch of low-priced, commodity products for a massive market and focus on a few high-quality goods, targeted at a select market… those with checkbooks who are willing to pay a premium.

Interesting concept, no?

We’re seeing digital manufacturing tools enter into an entirely new realm with ceramics, custom designed robots, salt and pepper shakers and metal teeth. Have they found a niche market?

Is the future of digital manufacturing akin to craft breweries in every city?

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