'Our supply base is a big source of what is going on out there'

At the opening panel at DFM Summit #21 in Toronto, September 2019, Timothy Lytle (Arc'teryx), Steve Keilhauer (Keilhauer), Byron Leclair (fluidconcepts) and Lee Fletcher (Fig40) discussed how material choices factored into their product development process. 'We do rely on our suppliers coming in and showing us what they are developing,' Byron Leclair said.

'Complexity comes free' in digital fabrication

ShopBot founder Ted Hall at DFM Summit #5 discussed decentralization in manufacturing and the return of cottage industries. Hall appreciates the 'lifestyle opportunity' in this trend, but makes the neo-luddite argument that digital fabrication is 'unlikely to improve or increase employment'.

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