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industry 4.0

industry 4.0

It always amazes us as engineers how quickly our development and manufacturing skills have developed over time. We have gone from a time where we used the steam engine to create and power almost everything and anything we do to a time where we are now building and creating things in a matter of years or even sometimes days.

 

Take for example the huge 3 gorges dam in China – the largest man-made structure in the world. It is so big that they say that when the Chinese finally completed the dam and blocked off the main flow of the river, the water held in its reservoirs was enough to change the rotation of the earth by a degree. Now, that may not seem like much, but when we are talking about the earth and rotational force, believe me, that is a lot of change by just damming water.

 

dam

3 Gorges Dam

 

Another example is the new additive manufacturing processes that we now see playing out in the market. Additive manufacturing is the process in which computer-aided-design (CAD) software or at times 3D scanners use small deposits of material (plastic, metal, wood and many other) to create intricate designs in a layer upon layer type of printing. It is really a remarkable range of engineering. A company that is pioneering this technology on the industrial level is GE, as an example. They have recently bought the likes of Arcam printing to help boost its foothold in the 3d printing technology race. Arcam is currently using sophisticated titanium and other metal manufacturing processes to shake up different industries such as the automotive, aerospace and other highly complicated industries that require very specific and difficult type of printing technologies to manufacture their parts.

 

Another large player in the 3d printing world is UK based Digital Cubed. We came across this 3d printer filament company UK by chance at an event in London not too long ago. We met up with its founder and president for an overview of how the technology is changing lives and his visions on where he sees the industry in a few years time. The remarkable thing about Digital Cubed is their current investment in the technology and where they see the industry going and how this new additive manufacturing processes can literally shake up an industry into what is being well known as Industry 4.0.  If you want to find out more about Digital Cubed and their push to 3d printing domination, you can check them out on their Facebook page here Digital Cubed.

 

industry 4.0

industry 4.0

 

Another interesting aspect of industry 4.0 is how it will radically change various industries as we know it. There was once a time when we had to wait a long time to create prototypes and spend a great deal of money creating mould and other types of prototyping items to bring an idea to the foreground of the industry. Now, with 3d printing technology, this is being flipped on its head. We can now print highly complex and never before possible objects and shapes due to this layer on layer approach with 3d printing. It is opening a new line of design and achievement to help solve humanity’s greatest problems.

 

industry smoke

industry smoke

 

What is our personal opinions on 3d printing and how it will impact our day to day living? Well, we think it is a great idea and believe it will take humanity and our race to a new abundant state of play. Imagine a world where every household has access to a 3d printer, simply able to download and print, on demand, any object required in the household. It will be a blissful and free environment where we are no longer required to step outside of our homes to IKEA or the likes to purchase vases or other small objects, they will ultimately be printed in the home within a matter of hours – with great customisation and uniqueness to each individual. We will have the ability to make items that are unique oneoff’s tailored to that person.

 

 

All in all, we believe the new advancement in technology and industry 4.0 is a great one and we support all the industry is going through in order to move and push humanity to the next stage in development and abundance. We will have more articles on this new revolutionary technology in the future so stay subscribed to our mailing list and keep up-to-date on all that is going on in the world of engineering and design. Remember as always, you are able to reach out to us and the team any time by hitting contact us on our website and writing directly to us.

 

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Tips And Advice For Budget European Travel for the Brave

Norway

Norway

European travel on a budget is possible, provided that you know how to find the best travel and accommodation options. Besides, you have to study some statistics on the cost of living in the various countries, in order to be able to avoid the very expensive countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Norway.

 

City Center

City Center

Depending on your available budget, you should choose those countries that allow you to live on the amount you are willing to spend per day. Eastern European countries are the cheapest, but this doesn’t make them less beautiful. You can have an excellent trip through East Europe without having to spend a fortune on it. Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria are only a few examples of countries with stunning landscapes, impressive history and welcoming people. Although a bit more expensive, Spain and Portugal can be two amazing destinations. However, you should probably avoid Madrid and Lisbon, as capital cities are usually more expensive than the rest of the country.

 

When searching for accommodation, you should avoid city centers, as prices here are higher than everywhere else. You can study the subway map of your desired city, and pick a location with fast access to a line that goes to the city center. You can save a lot of money on food by choosing restaurants that are outside the tourist area. Prices can vary by 50%, so it’s definitely worth finding out where locals prefer to eat.

 

Last but not least, flexibility is very important when you want to visit Europe on a budget. You need to be ready to take a low-cost flight on a very short notice. If you do, you may be able to spend as little as $10 to fly across Europe. If this is something you can’t afford, you should probably stay home and save some more money. Remember when using public transport in another country it is advised that you use the local currency and buy a family ticket if you are travelling with your family.

 

I have also learnt that going the way to speak the native language goes a long way, and so if you have the opportunity to visit another country you can speak a little bit of the local lingo of, then I would certainly make use of that by trying your hand out at speaking to some of the natives.