We love manufacturing technology. It’s always evolving, it keeps things interesting, and it’s what has driven the new focus on STEM skills that manufacturing requires today.
When we first started writing this blog, we wrote a post about 4 examples of new manufacturing technology.
But believe it or not, a lot has changed in the five or so months since we posted that blog, so today, we thought we’d bring you 4 more examples of up-and-coming manufacturing technology.
Have a look at our list, and prepare to be amazed at how technologically advanced manufacturing is today:
- GE’s Xuri™: Xuri, “a new technology family designed specifically to support and advance the field of cell therapy,” is a tool focused towards the manufacture of cell therapy products. It’s “a functionally closed, automated system, specifically designed to be suitable for the requirements of scaling-out cell therapies in a clinical setting,” making the manufacture of cell therapy products streamlined in ways not previously thought possible. This is a great example of a new manufacturing technology that truly helps people–something we love to see.
- Metal Oxide Display Manufacturing: Recently, Applied Materials, a developer and manufacturer of display technology, came out with a new technique called metal oxide display manufacturing. 4K resolution TVs were previously extremely difficult (and expensive) to manufacture, but this new technique hopes to bring such high-resolution displays to the mainstream. Although not as life-changing as Xuri, it’s still pretty cool to see a new manufacturing technique that makes extremely high-resolution displays easier to produce.
- Mind-Controlled Robots: This manufacturing technology seems straight out of the future, and is easily the most up-and-coming of the bunch, seeing as it has such a long ways to go before it becomes widespread. Nonetheless, it’s very cool. Researchers at the University of Buffalo “are helping to advance technology that allows people to control robots with their minds,” and those same researchers think that the technology could be great for helping factory workers perform advanced manufacturing tasks. This could bring a whole new level of precision to advanced manufacturing, and we’re excited to see where it goes from here.
- Automated Manufacturing for 3D Printers: It’s no secret that we’re fans of 3D printing here at NeAMC, but experts continue to say that the technology still has a lot of room for growth to its full capabilities. The goal of this new manufacturing technology is “to build programs that enable non-experts to ‘kind of think their way through a design space’ before sending any instructions to the printer.” This has more potential for non-manufacturers than it does for manufacturers–that is the purpose, after all–but could bring 3D printing to a wider audience than ever thought before.
A lot can happen in 5 months, especially in manufacturing, where constant innovation continues to drive new manufacturing techniques and capabilities. When you have lots of bright minds at your disposal, amazing new things are created every day.
That’s what we love so much about manufacturing–it’s incredibly advanced, and has come a long ways from the old factories that used to be commonplace in the industry. If you’d have told us 10 years ago that we’d be looking at mind-controlled robots in manufacturing today, we’d have called you crazy. And yet, here we are, with such a technology in development.
6 months from now, we expect to be able to write another similar post, with 4 or more even newer examples of manufacturing technology. Manufacturing these days really is incredible, and when looking at manufacturing technology like this, it’s not hard to see why.
Photo credit: GE Power & Water