The rise of additive manufacturing and digital supply chains can lead to the creation of new roles – ones that allow humans to flex the muscles that make them so uniquely, well, human: taking on more value-added functions while machines manage the more analytical, discrete, and non-value-added tasks. These shifts will likely give rise to new, as-yet-unidentified roles. Some can be relatively simple to predict, requiring training to work with and manage new technologies. Others will likely be wholly new, taking fuller advantage of the unique skills humans possess that machines do not: intuition, storytelling, empathy, even the ability to play the devil’s advocate in the face of the data. Above all, new roles will likely not only depend on having a deep understanding of traditional manufacturing functions, but the ability to manage relationships both with humans and machines, take a holistic view of the manufacturing, and think critically about new opportunities to transform the business.
This presentation will examine the implications for the rise of the additive manufacturing and, by extension, the digital supply chain on how work is done, and how companies can use these evolutions to help workers move up the value chain – providing greater value to both worker and company. History is full of examples of technological change in the workplace, but here we can examine how additive manufacturing and digital supply chains are writing the Future of Work.
- Visualize how workplace roles will change in the age of digital manufacturing and digital supply chains, and how.
- Consider how to begin planning for the changes in their workforce brought on by digital manufacturing.
- Consider next steps for new opportunities that additive manufacturing and digital supply chains will present for their organization.