Push button engineering and product data networks

Dreams are good thing. Dreams can take us far and away to places where we have never been before. Or help us make devices nobody has seen before. Or think about the processes nobody was able to support before.

That last point is one of my passions. A few decades ago, nobody imagined you can push the button and a box from the supermarket will be delivered to your doorstep. Or that any piece of music will be available at your fingertips. Or that the photos of your friends and kids will be available to you when they will are traveling 1000s of miles away. We achieved those things with new devices, communications, and networks connecting us around the globe. Instant data sharing and access is a big part of making those things happen.

Over the weekend, I’ve been catching up on reading. My attention was caught by a Money Inc. article, 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Andrew Anagnost. Here is my favorite part of the article: push button engineering.

One of the biggest things on the Autodesk CEO’s mind right now is push-button engineering. This concept basically boils down to this: an engineer designs an object, perhaps even a very complicated 3D model. With only a single push of a button, several factory machines will work in tandem to create the requested part. It might sound like science fiction, but Andrew Anagnost believes that we will see automated factories like this within five years.

You can think about as pushing a button and the 3D printer on the first floor in your office will make a prototype for you. This is, by itself, fantastic thing. However, I’d like to take it forward as something that sounds like this: push the button and make data about the product including order information becoming available to your engineers, factories, suppliers and contractors. The product will become manufactured and delivered to you.

Sounds like a dream, right? However, at OpenBOM we believe it will be possible sooner rather than later.

What is needed? Networks of data. Information about products. Information about components. Suppliers and communications. All linked together into manufacturing networks. It takes small steps to make a change. OpenBOM is taking those steps today by connecting engineers, suppliers and contractors together with the information about products, documents, supporting instant data sharing and tracking all changes.

Here are a few videos to give you a flavor of what OpenBOM does.

Conclusion. Data networks will make a difference with the future of the manufacturing world. To make it happen layers of infrastructure and integration should become available and support sharing of documents, bill of materials, orders, suppliers, and other related information. We make it happen step by step. Each step is important. What do you think?

I’m curious what you think. Try OpenBOM today and let me know.

Best, Oleg

PS. Let’s get to know each other better. If you live in the Greater Boston area, I invite you for a coffee together (coffee is on me). If not nearby, let’s have a virtual coffee session — I will figure out how to send you a real coffee.

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