Top Manufacturing Trends of 2023 & 2022

Our hand-picked collection of the top manufacturing trends of 2023 & 2022. The topics in this report on today’s emerging manufacturing trends are selected for their high growth across sites including Google, TikTok, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon. Read more about how we track global trends.

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Atomstack

34K
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Atomstack is a Chinese manufacturer of diode laser engraving machines, rubber 3D printers, laser cutting machines, and fiber laser marking machines. Its machines can be used on a variety of materials such as glass, metal, wood, acrylic, leather, stone and other materials. …  Read more

MaintainX

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MaintainX is a cloud-based workflow management platform for maintenance, safety, and operations. The platform's features include work orders and requests, preventive maintenance, inventory management, checklists, inspections, reporting, and team communications. …  Read more

Benchling

12K
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Benchling is a software platform that helps researchers manage their R&D work. It offers a variety of tools for designing and analyzing experiments, organizing data and workflows, collaborating with others, managing inventory, tracking resources, and more. …  Read more

nTopology

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nTopology is an innovative engineering design platform for advanced manufacturing based in the United States. The platform's features include topology optimization, generative design, lattices, simulation, design automation, and field-driven design. …  Read more

Veryable

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Veryable is a US-based online marketplace for on-demand labor in the manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing industry. The platform allows business to connect with workers fast and improve business efficiency and productivity. Workers also get immediate access to flexible work opportunities with daily pay and earn higher income. …  Read more

SendCutSend

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SendCutSend is a US-based on-demand manufacturing platform that offers a CNC and laser cutting service online. The platform allows users to upload their CAD design, get an instant quote on materials and services, and then have the parts or product manufactured and shipped to their doorsteps. …  Read more

Digital Twins

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A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical object or system. By creating a digital twin, businesses can track and monitor their products and systems in real-time, improving efficiency and reducing waste. …  Read more

Xometry

15K
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Xometry is a 3D printing and manufacturing company that offers on-demand manufacturing services. The company offers a variety of manufacturing processes, including 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding, and more. …  Read more

Enscape

99K
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Enscape is a software application that allows users to create and view 3D renderings of their designs. The software is said to be easy to use and can be used to create images for construction, engineering, architecture, marketing presentations, and more. The platform also allows users to explore their designs in virtual reality using a VR headset. …  Read more

SmallRig

39K
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SmallRig is a manufacturer that specializes in designing and building DSLR camera rigs, mounts and accessories for filmmakers and photographers. Their products are designed to be compact and lightweight, making them ideal for travel. The company is known for engaging with creators and camera brands to co-design products. …  Read more

UGREEN

139K
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UGREEN is a consumer electronics brand that specializes in creating sustainable and eco-friendly products. Their products include phone and laptop chargers, cables, and adapters, as well as travel gear and home appliances. …  Read more

Just In Time System

9K
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A Just In Time System is a system that aims to reduce waste and inventory costs by only producing what is needed, when it is needed. The system relies on a quick and accurate flow of information between suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers to ensure that the correct products are delivered at the correct time. …  Read more

Design For Production

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Design for production is a design methodology that considers the manufacturing and assembly process of a product during the design phase. This approach aims to optimize the design for efficient and cost-effective production. The goal is to eliminate waste and streamline the manufacturing process. …  Read more

SnapGene

4.6K
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SnapGene is a software program that is used for molecular biology research and designed to help researchers easily create and edit DNA sequences. The program allows users to create, edit, and analyze DNA sequences, as well as design primers and probes. …  Read more

Vention

11K
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Vention is a cloud-based manufacturing automation platform that enables users to design, automate, order, and deploy automated equipment. The Canadian startup aims to democratize industrial automation with its cloud software and plug & play industrial automation components. …  Read more

Part Orientation

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Part orientation is the practice of orienting the different parts of a product in a specific way for manufacturing. By orienting the parts in a specific way, manufacturers can increase efficiency and reduce waste. In additive manufacturing, part orientation is the positioning of the part on the build platform before printing. There are a number of factors to consider when orienting a part, such as the type of printer, the size and shape of the part, and the desired finish. …  Read more

Limble

2.1K
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Limble is a CMMS software or computerized maintenance management system that makes maintenance management easier through powerful features. The software's features include mobile work request system, preventive maintenance, enterprise asset management, work orders, and custom dashboards. …  Read more

Rug Tufting

9.3K
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Rug tufting is the process of attaching yarn or other fibers to a backing material to create a rug. Tufting can be done by hand or machine, and can be done in a variety of patterns. …  Read more

Battery Manufacturing

11K
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Battery manufacturing is the process of creating batteries from raw materials. The batteries can be used in a variety of applications, such as in vehicles, portable electronics, and grid storage. The process includes mixing the materials, forming the battery cells, and sealing the cells in a casing. …  Read more

Trend Highlight – Additive Manufacturing and Smart Structures

To manufacture, you almost always need to waste. One of the most common forms of manufacturing is called subtractive manufacturing where the final product starts as a solid block and material is cut away until the final form is reached. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the opposite approach: The product starts as nothing and material is added, to only the parts where it’s needed, until the final form is reached.

 

In a perfectly ideal world, a product’s material is distributed in just the right spots based on how real-world forces will be applied to the product, like how the internal structure of a human bone is sparse in some areas and thicker in the areas where more weight is being supported.

 

But this level of optimization–like what can be seen in a bone’s internal structure–is not cheap or even possible with traditional manufacturing processes.

 

And in most industries, this level of optimization simply doesn’t matter, as most products are of relatively low value. For industries with high-value components though, like aviation and space, the savings are massive.

 

In aviation, even a 1kg weight reduction saves $3k/yr in fuel which equates to nearly $100k total over the course of an aircraft’s lifespan. Using additive manufacturing can help cut hundreds or even thousands of kilograms from a plane’s weight.

 

And the savings aren’t just in the form of smarter material usage; Additive manufacturing also means many parts can be printed together. NASA famously printed a turbine fuel injector in only 2 parts, whereas before, using different manufacturing techniques, it was a combination of 115 assembled components. This means not only reduced assembly time and costs but also reduced costs for quality assurance.

 

nTopology is a rapidly growing software for additive manufacturing that helps engineers design smarter parts that lean into the unique strengths of additive manufacturing.

 

While the consumer 3D printing world saw a rise and fall of hype over the past decade, the much larger industrial 3D printing industry is making big moves from prototyping to production. While less than 5% of 3D printed parts were used in production settings 20 years ago, nearly half are today.

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