In these uncertain times, and as the world faces a global health crisis, there has been a huge disruption to our lives and the way we work. There’s no doubt that the way we work before the coronavirus outbreak will never be the same as after it. However, extreme situations call for bold and quick actions.
Today, with the huge imbalance between supply and demand (case in point – hand sanitizers and face masks and on a more national level, medical supplies), there is a strong need more than ever before for every business to put in place an effective digital inventory.
If you are wondering what a digital inventory is, think of it as a virtual warehouse. It allows you to store your product virtually – be it a hospital or an art institution.
Thanks to an evolving 3D technology, we are capable of reproducing thousands of supplies from essential tools to needed spare parts.
For instance, the mask featured in this post, has been printed using a 3D model that exists on an online platform. The technology allows us to create the supply we need, locally, when shortage is a problem and time is a crucial factor.
That’s exactly what a 3D-printing company in Italy did when their local hospital fell short of the life-saving respirator valves they had needed. A One hundred of them was printed in just 24 hours.
A digital inventory can even serve museums by helping them create virtual tours or 3D visits. Through this technology, a museum can even recreate or repair masterpieces.
In 2018 when the National Museum in Rio De Janeiro caught fire, hundreds of historical pieces were lost. While the lost and damaged collections are irreplaceable a recreation of it through 3D technology can compensate for it to a certain extent.
It’s because of these solutions that I strongly believe that industries, across all fields, including construction, manufacturing and urban preservation can benefit from this technology, and more so during time of crises. It’s time we disrupt traditional processes and move ahead with the technology we have at hand.