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What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a computerised version of a physical asset, data from sensors in the real world can be inputted in to the twin to create simulations - image courtesy of APS
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 and 4IR are terms that are becoming commonplace in manufacturing. Now that these terms are accepted, a new wave of technical turns of phrase have been born.

The smart technologies set to change manufacturing

Various types of manufacturing in action that utilise smart technologies. Microsoft email header image - image courtesy of APS
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.

What does the factory of the future look like?

HPE future factory video
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.

SolidWorks World 2017: what’s new and next in CAD and tech

Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist, Mark Tremonti, with Paul Reed Smith and Jon Wasserman of Paul Reed Smith Guitars at SolidWorks World 2017 - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.
Posted on 28 Feb 2017 by Tim Brown
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.

Rise of the British start up

Start Up Start Ups Innovation - Stock Image
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.