Smart technologies are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our day to day lives. From smartphones to smart homes, the dramatic increase in power and sophistication of technology is opening up new technological frontiers and promising endless possibilities for the development of many different industries, particularly manufacturing.
Manufacturing has been earmarked by the World Economic Forum and the European Union as a major driver of increased employment opportunities, reduced carbon emissions and better educational prospects for young people. This huge ambition largely rests on the advent of the smart factory and the rollout of Industry 4.0, which will make manufacturing more affordable in high-wage countries.
The latest SolidWorks World event, held at the beginning of the month in Los Angeles, CA, saw the latest installment of the globally renowned event tackle the latest approaches to technology, design and engineering. Head of international content, Tim Brown, got along to see all the latest the event had to offer.
When thinking of start-ups, the image of tanned Ivy League dropouts developing complicated pieces of software from their unconventional Californian workspaces often springs to mind. But the reality of launching a business – big or small – from scratch can be very different, as is often the case with those starting up manufacturing in the UK. Rita Lobo examines the challenges of taking the first steps in manufacturing.