New Methods and innovation in Manufacturing?
As a mechanical engineering student, I'm interested in the manufacturing industry and want to know about any new innovations or methods in manufacturing? I know 3D printing is on the rise but I'm not sure of what other things to look out for. Thanks!
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The tags listed on this question cover some biggies. Rapid Prototyping -- e. g., 3D printing, Computer-Aided Manufacturing --- are exploding. Artificial Intelligence, specifically Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Neural Nets, etc., are finding practical applications in everyday life far faster than even I, an avowed optimist, would have predicted. Internet of Things and essentially all ways of tying systems together to use Big Data, control robotics, control the manufacturing environment and the shop floor -- this is making business a giant intelligence constantly monitoring successes and failures. You need to keep abreast of developments in these areas, get advice whenever you can and keep watching the internet and media in general for new developments and new players.
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3D printing (the correct term to use is: Additive manufacturing) is a new up and coming field with many opportunities, but you should not discount the "traditional" methods of manufacturing, since not only these are well established and understood methods, but they have well establish support infrastructures to support them.
Additive manufacturing is just another tool for the engineer to use to create new products with.
So learn about casting, molding, forging, stamping, machining, grinding, welding and all the rest, as well as additive mfg. and you'll be a better engineer for it.
I believe one of the best sources for information on leading edge innovations is the MIT Technology Review magazine (my wife is the MIT graduate but I read the magazine cover to cover). Many local libraries carry this magazine so you might check there and see if you find some good ideas. It can be very exciting getting in on the front end of something new - say nanotechnology which has yet to show its full potential. Good Luck
This is a great question! Smart Manufacturing and Automation are increasing trends in Manufacturing Engineering. This can include anything from mechanically designing automation equipment, software and controls engineering for automation applications, and robotics. It might be great to take some courses in these areas to see if these might be areas of interest for you.