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Mass Customization: Opportunities, Methods, and Challenges for Manufacturers by Hans Kull

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CHAPTER7

New Manufacturing Technologies

“As a final incentive before giving up a difficult task, try to imagine it successfully achieved by someone you violently dislike.”

—K. Zenios

Nobody is an expert in all things manufacturing. So, in this chapter, I can only point out a few things I see coming. I’m aware of many of these new manufacturing technologies because they are directly or indirectly connected to new computer and software technologies.

Often it is the combination of two or three new technologies and several existing ones that lead to new products. I will point out some of the key enabling technologies here. Of course, information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the key enabling technologies in this context, and that ...

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