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.
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.
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.
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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