Direct digital manufacturing (DDM) is an additive fabrication technology to make products without tooling, molding, and machining. Design is no longer constrained by the limitations of conventional manufacturing processes. The rules of design for manufacturability (DFM) can be substantially altered. Complex parts can be faster, cheaper, and practical when manufactured with DDM.
Many product design features that were strictly the requirements of injection molding process such as; draft angles, uniform wall thickness, and corner radiuses can be eliminated. DDM frees up designers to focus more on product form and function than how it will be manufactured. Read the complete white paper at http://s3.amazonaws.com/pdf
Retailers are trying to make smartphones work for them instead of against them. Retailers are experimenting with geofencing in an attempt to reduce the impact on showrooming. The challenge for tech startups like Foursquare to convince retailers that they are not just offering discount coupons to customer that would have bought their products at full price. http://on.wsj.com/K6r7j5
Is Facebook worth $100 billion? To justify its valuation, Facebook will need to convince skeptical marketers that ads on its site lead people to buy products. Calculating the ROI on ads is still not a science. Facebook is behind Google in the fast growing mobile market and has little presence in China. http://on.wsj.com/KTloOZ
Can Google really be a company that’s all things to all people? It is not clear that Google can create enough value out of its largest ever acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings to justify the $12.5 billion purchase. It’s hard to believe that Motorola’s 17,000 patents will reconcile existing gross margins on mobile search estimated around 70% with Motorola’s smart phone manufacturing operation losing money. http://on.wsj.com/HvLKbD
I’m not failing, I’m Pivoting. ‘Pivoting’ Pays Off for Entrepreneurs #in http://on.wsj.com/I9VMzf via @WSJ
Entrepreneurs strategically try out new ideas, shed them quickly if they don’t catch on, and move on to the the next new thing.