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3D Printshow London, Oct 20-12

Following on from my last post, I’d like to encourage people to consider going to the first ever 3D Printshow London, Oct 20-21.

Just looking over the planned events for the show is enough to stimulate overwhelm. (But it’s cool overwhelm.)

In his latest book Makers, Chris Anderson argues that we are on the edge of a new cottage industry revolution. It is now possible, for very little initial investment, to conceive new products, and bring them to market, in very short time.

In short, to quickly become an entrepreneur producing real physical stuff (as opposed to just digital stuff).

Just how easy it would be for traditional aerospace techies to make such a career leap is not immediately clear to me.

But for those of seeking to change ourselves, and our industry, for the better, it should be a viable career option.

Who’s to say, 10 years from now, that it won’t be possible to raise money for a new aircraft design on Kickstarter, make most of it using additive manufacturing, and get it into flight test in 12 months?

Heck, Burt Rutan, from the late 1970’s onwards, averaged one new design into flight every year, without Kickstarter or additive manufacturing.

We have seen the enemy, and it is us

We get overlooked and taken for granted, us aerospace techies. Most of the time, we don’t say much. We just plug along, design a few widgets (which happen to form part of an airborne inanimate object), write a few documents (o-kay, a lot of documents), attend a few boring meetings (o-kay, a lot of boring meetings), and send a lot (read: a lot) of emails.

Sometimes we shout in those meetings, and once or twice in a career we might even punch somebody. But mostly, we just let our noggins collide over the problem at hand, play Death by Powerpoint, and make the occasional decision. Towards the end, we pour ourselves another cup of 10W40 from the thermos and wonder if there are any doughnuts left. Then we drift back to the desk (Nope, none left), flip up the laptop, send a few more viruses by email, and around 4.30 when the office quiets down, start to get some work done.

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