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Wel­come then to the last edi­tion of the year – and what a year it has been. An elec­tion, a mas­sive turn around in the econ­omy, in­ter­est rates ap­par­ently on hold, and ev­ery­thing is look­ing pretty rosy in the gar­den (the down­side be­ing that my lawn needs cut­ting ev­ery week now we have warmer weather).

This year we have delved deeper into re­port­ing on 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy. Sur­pris­ingly there are still peo­ple in the in­dus­tries we cover who can’t see the tech­nol­ogy dis­rupt­ing the uni­verse as we know it.

As I have writ­ten many times be­fore, I be­lieve it is a game-changer that will knock many business own­ers (and work­shop man­agers) for six. For those who don’t take the tech­nol­ogy se­ri­ously they will wake up one morn­ing and re­alise they have noth­ing to do – no or­ders, no back­log of work – noth­ing.

In Oc­to­ber HP, the big company that prob­a­bly made the pho­to­copier in your of­fice, an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nol­ogy that is mak­ing the print­ing of phys­i­cal ob­jects even more ac­cu­rate, and up to 10 times faster than the cur­rent com­pe­ti­tion. Watch out for HP’s ma­chines when they start be­ing mar­keted in a few months’ time.

The tech­nol­ogy be­hind robots and ro­botic arms is also leap­ing for­ward at great pace. This is another tech­nol­ogy that will re­place peo­ple do­ing rou­tine man­ual tasks in fac­to­ries and shop floors across the planet. Will the tech­nol­ogy de­liver us to Ely­sium? Time will only tell. But again, for­ward think­ing own­ers of man­u­fac­tur­ing firms need to take note. Great strides are also be­ing made in nan­otech­nol­ogy. How long will it be be­fore ma­chines re­pair them­selves, per­haps even mak­ing lu­bri­cants (and good­ness knows what else) ob­so­lete?

In my mind, the fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, and ev­ery­thing we use to­day, will be re­placed or dra­mat­i­cally changed by the use of 3D prin­ters, robots, nan­otech­nol­ogy, and even smarter soft­ware. It will be a time of won­der and de­vel­op­ment like we have never seen be­fore. And it’s com­ing fast.

You won’t be able to stop it – too many cor­po­ra­tions have in­vested too much money for that to hap­pen. The best you can do is stay in­formed, look for­ward, adapt and embrace new de­vel­op­ments at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

In Oc­to­ber 2012, the date of my first col­umn as ed­i­tor of Demm, I mused that no one reads ed­i­tors’ in­tros. Well done for read­ing my fi­nal one, you are now up to speed.

All of us at Demm thank you for your out­stand­ing support dur­ing 2014. A new ed­i­tor will take the helm to drive Demm to even greater suc­cess in 2015.

Make it a fan­tas­tic sum­mer.

All the best, Steve Hart ed­i­tor@demm.co.nz

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