PanurgyOEM VP, Charlie Mantione, sat on an executive panel at the Design for Manufacturing (DFM)
Summit #7 in Brooklyn on October 9, 2016. The DFM Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem. Besides Brooklyn, the DFM Summits have been held in London, Amsterdam, Toronto and Rotterdam.
The October 9 Summit in Brooklyn was well attended by manufacturing startups throughout the tri-state area. Mr. Mantione’s panel fielded questions about and discussed various topics such as taking a design or product from prototype to scale in the NYC area and how a legacy company should best interface with a startup.
A key topic discussed was the “democratization of technology” which refers to the process by which access to technology rapidly continues to become more accessible to more people. New technologies and improved user experiences have empowered those outside of the technical industry to access and use technological products and services.
Consumers have greater access to use and purchase technologically sophisticated products, as well as to participate meaningfully in the development of these products. Industry innovation and user demand have been associated with more affordable, user-friendly products. This is an ongoing process, beginning with the development of mass production and increasing dramatically as digitization became commonplace.
More information about the DMF Summit, Brooklyn can be found here: http://dfmsummit.com/october2016/