Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A “Rodney Dangerfield Moment” for the Reprographics Industry

For younger Reprographers who may not be familiar with Rodney Dangerfield (one of my all-time-favorite comedians who passed away in 2004), his most famous catch-phrase was…..

“I don’t get no respect!”

His words came to mind as I was skimming my way through a 99 page paper, titled “Printing Changed the World – now the world is changing printing, 2012-2022”, compiled by a team of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) students, who, in this paper, shared their opinions and predictions on where the Printing Industry will be in 2022.

I’ll get to the “paper” in a couple of minutes, but, first, I’d like to point you to where I found out about this “paper.”

This morning, Nicole Schappert, who posts on “TheDigitalNirvana” Blog, put up a post entitled…..

This was the intro to Nicole’s post….

“It is not the strongest or most intelligent species that survive, but the ones who are most willing to adapt.”  ~Charles Darwin I like this quote because it removes the idea that survival and success are not based on natural selection, but are based on intelligence and strategy and looking at how to adapt for...

And, here’s a link to the full post:

At the very end of her post, Nicole provided a link to the “paper” I mentioned above, and here’s the link to that paper (click on the bold blue type below):
“So check out the full booklet (the “paper”) here! (Made available by Printing Impressions)”

Okay, let me now get back to the “paper” the team of RIT Students put together …. and why I had a Rodney Dangerfield moment!

I skimmed my way through the paper, hoping to find a section where the students put forth the their opinion(s) on the future of “technical documents”, and, while I did find a section with that title, there was absolutely no mention, at all, of A/E/C technical documents in that section.  I went back through the entire paper and did not find a single mention of A/E/C document - - I’m referring to plans and specifications, of course!

Perhaps RIT’s curriculum doesn’t take into consideration that there’s long been a “reprographics” industry and that our industry is a sub-industry under the greater “Print and Graphics Industry”???  

Inasmuch as I wanted to see the student team’s predictions of the future of A/E/C technical documents but could not find any mention of that subject, I’m now going to e-mail Frank Romano (who, evidently, assigned this project to the students) to ask him if he could ask the student team to append its paper ….. to add comments about the future of A/E/C technical documents.

Anyway, no mention of A/E/C Technical Documents, hence the feeling, “I don’t get no respect!”

The paper did mention 3D Printing *under the “Industrial Printing” section, and, for those of you who are too lazy to find that section on your own, here’s what the student team said about the future of 3D Printing (note, 3 up-arrows mean good future):

3D Printing
“3D printing is a process by which an actual three-dimensional product may be produced, built up layer by layer with a printing process using various kinds of inks.↑↑↑
3D printing may become a common manufacturing process in many different industries due to its ability to create three- dimensional products by building up patterned layers of inks. 3D printing can process multiple “inks” of different chemical or material compounds within a single print job, allowing simultaneous production of pre-assembled product pieces, such as joints, bolts, or screws. This eliminates the need for manual or complicated automated assembly procedures in the manufacturing process. There will be a large potential for growth as 3D printing is creatively integrated into existing workflows, or designed into entirely new manufacturing lines.
Companies are already developing new inks for inkjet printers, since they are capable of printing almost any kind of jettable polymer, ink, or other material. Jettable materials and their associated drying processes are limiting factors, but developments will reveal new opportunities for creative industrial printers. Through 3D printing, previously low-speed, and high-cost production can become low cost, high-speed production. 3D printing can especially reduce the need for specialized production equipment, since 3D printing can create components within other components, reducing production complexity and increasing the speed of assembly tasks. Also, 3D printing can generate multiple parts of a product in one location with minimal need for manual labor. Thus, 3D printing has the potential to radically change manufacturing.”

Blog Publisher’s final comment about the “paper”:

Personally, I think the students did a very thoughtful, thorough job (with one minor exception!)  This is not to say that I agree with all of their predictions, but, all the same, it was an exhaustive process …  and how many of us have taken on such a project?

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