There is little doubt that we are currently in a golden age of manufacturing, with technological developments helping to make the industry more exciting and innovative than ever before.
So, what are the areas of manufacturing that are helping to shape the industry in a new, beneficial way?
Reason 1: Precision machining
There are few industry insiders who would disagree with the statement that precision machining has dramatically influenced the manufacturing industry for the better, perhaps more so than any other factor.
The automation of precision machining has blown the lid off previous efficiency, reliability and intricacy levels, that many never thought would come in their lifetime. Precision machining has also opened the doors to a more cost-effective industry, helping deliver results to their increasingly sophisticated clients.
Reason 2: CAD and CAM designed
Hand in hand with precision machining is the development of the software behind the process, which is commonly referred to as CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing).
Gone are the days of manually-operated and time consuming machines being the chief method of manufacturing. Instead, components are designed on computer software, which is then translated into code and passed directly onto a CNC machine for completion.
This process almost entirely removes the chance of human error within the component creation process, allowing manufacturers to create extremely complex and intricate projects that can be delivered with speed and ease.
CAD and CAM software is also developing at a rapid rate, giving new and exciting abilities to designers and engineers, allowing them to create the innovative tools, equipment and products that we use today.
Reason 3: Global economy and competition
In a world in which it is becoming increasingly easy to conduct trade overseas, manufacturing has benefited greatly from these developments.
With the limits and barriers to trade being reduced by the majority of countries, manufacturing has taken on a truly global scope. Components can be created from all over the world, before being shipped to one location for assembly. This allows businesses to choose the manufacturing companies which best suit their requirements and budget, with the global field helping to provide competition and innovation, thereby reducing costs. Precision machining helps to level the playing field, making local manufacturing more cost effective.
The golden age of manufacturing is well under way and it looks set to continue into the foreseeable future, with precision machining leading the way.