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Michael Van den Bossche

Sales Representative, Whirlpool Corporation

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What impact would self-assembly products have on our economy? I.e. Production, spare parts, jobs,...

Speaking of a paradigm, this is definitely one! :)

If we would start building these self-assembly products, it would definitely mean that lots of spare parts wouldn't be needed, lots of technicians would lose there jobs, less logistic organization, etc,...

But where do you see this going?
I truly believe that this can work, although people would start losing their jobs, this would definitely create new opportunities, people instead of focussing them on technical aspects, could now focus themselves on other area's in their lives, e.g. ideas for the climate change...


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  • Apr 11 2013: How about starting with some repair assembly first? How much energy/resources are wasted for products that have many years of useful life left if it were not for the failure of one part? In the USA it is difficult to find parts for imported products so the common solution is to throw that, otherwise useful, product in the trash and buy a new one. A simple way to get replacement parts for DIY people or local general repair technicians able to decipher a product manual would most likely have a major impact on landfills, resource management/conservation, and the economy in an environmentally positive way even with the lengthened lifespan of a product. How about a way to use a 3-D printer to make some of these common failure parts either at home or in a local general service center?

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