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Is the future saving the world today?

From fashion to computer games to space, we experience advanced manufacturing everyday and it’s helping to change the world. Advanced Manufacturing is the creation of cutting-edge technology to improve products or processes. Sounds complicated right? But when you think of the future, do you see flying cars, robots, and holographs? That’s not too far from what Advanced Manufacturing is, because advanced manufacturing actually makes things like that to help change the world today. The BIG question is…Do you want to be part of the future?

Here are 6 of the most amazing innovations that Advanced Manufacturing has created in a bid to save the world today:

1. RobotsATLAS robot

We have all seen robots in films and on TV like Wall-E and Futurama, but did you know that robots are already working with humans today? Boston Dynamics lead the way in robotic engineering. They have created 9 different types of robots, including the ATLAS humanoid robot. ATLAS looks similar to a human because it has two feet, two arms, a torso and a head. It uses sensors to balance and it can run, walk, carry things and climb using its hands and feet. Robots like ATLAS prove that the future is here already – do you like to work beside a robot?

2. Drones

Currently there are 7.4 billion people in the world and all of them need medical care at some point in their lives. Some of the worlds population live without proper access to roads and therefore are unable to receive the necessary medical attention in an emergency. Drones are now being developed and used to transport medical supplies to these hard-to-reach locations. The network of reliable and easy-to-operate drones is all thanks to Advanced Manufacturing. This is only one of the ways Advanced Manufacturing is helping in the world of medicine.

 3. 3D Printing for Fashion

3D printingAdvanced Manufacturing isn’t just aimed at men, it also plays a huge interest with women as  many more are choosing to go into an AM career. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Sounds pretty complicated right? But designer Francis Bitonti has amazingly used 3D printing to manufacture high fashion clothing and shoes. Using 3D printing ensures that the item of clothing which is being created will fit the models body correctly. Bitonti designed a dress for Dita Von Teese (pictured here) by scanning her body, then using a computer to design the dress and then finally prints the design using the 3D printer. The printer then prints off the dress layer by layer finally creating a solid object. Would you could like to design a clothing like this?

4. Microsoft’s HoloLens

On the 30th of March, Microsoft introduced a holographicHoloLens headsetwhich allows users to see what they imagine. NASA has been using the headsets to enable astronauts to train on other planets like Mars whilst still being on Earth. The HoloLens headset is equipped with loads of sensors, a fish-eye-lens camera and a holographic processing unit. This means that astronauts don’t have to imagine what other planets or space looks like because they can now see it. But the best thing is, anyone will be able to purchase this headset.

5. E-Fan

EFanDo you live near an airport where you can constantly hear airplane’s taking off or landing? Well if you do, the constant vibrating and buzzing noise must be annoying you for sure! Airbus has a solution for that. Airbus have been creating an electronic aircraft called the e-Fan. The e-Fan produces; less noise, has reduced CO2 NOX and particulate emissions, (basically environmentally friendly!), and reduced vibrations. Last year it was the first ever electric aircraft to fly over the Channel. Since then, it has won loads of awards for the aircraft design and being so eco-friendly!

6. Artificial Glaciers

Glaciers are made up of fallen snow that, over many years, compresses into large, thickened ice masses. In some places in the world, like the Himalayas, villages rely on the water that comes from glaciers in the summer but because of global warming, the glaciers are melting too quickly. To resolve this problem, Sonam Wangchuk, came up with the idea to build a ginormous vertical block of ice also known as an artificial glacier. According to Wangchuk,“Once this Artificial Glacier is complete there should be enough water to green the entire desert of roughly 1,500 acres.” – Pretty amazing, wouldn’t you agree?

So aren’t you curious to know how all of these innovation have been made? A career in Advanced Manufacturing is the easiest way you can find out.

To get into a career of Advanced Manufacturing and start creating come of these exciting projects, you need to choose STEM subjects for your GCSE’s and at University. STEM subjects are:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

You might think that STEM subjects are difficult subjects right now, but isn’t it worth working hard now so you can earn 30% more than your friends who don’t? Engineering is one area of Advanced Manufacturing and the combines careers in Engineering make £800billion per year.

So, if you are interested in creating new innovations which will help change the world, or you want to know how things are made AND want to become rich by doing it… a career in Advanced Manufacturing is waiting for you!!

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