In a few short years, Asia has erased the technical gap between its additive manufacturing capabilities and the West, and the region is now injecting incredible amounts of money to fully develop and lead the global future of this vastly powerful technology.
European airliner manufacturer Airbus spends some €2-billion a year on research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and innovation.
The final manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) rankings for last month show many of the world’s major manufacturing economies notching up strong rates of expansion, or returning to growth.
In a breakthrough discovery, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have harnessed the power of sound waves to enable precision micro- and nano- manufacturing.
There have been many technologies that have emerged in the past to change our lives, such as cars, plastics, and semiconductors. Nanotechnology could produce new developments in materials implementation.
High-tech challenges and opportunities await. And while manufacturers are a step ahead of the public, they too are wrestling with what exactly that near future will look like.