You Can Manufacture Your Dreams!
Ever dreamt of building that luxurious sports car? Developing life-saving organs through bio-printing? Creating aerospace and aviation vehicles that could make history one day?
Yes? Then why not manufacture your dreams into reality. With the Advanced Manufacturing industry fast-growing, it opens up doors to all kinds of careers. Imagine a future that can produce a physical object by the push of a button. Objects that can save lives, enhance lives and others that will make our daily routines more efficient.
The advanced engineering sector in the UK is concerned about the number of engineers of graduates in China and India, as it worries that the UK is losing its technological recognition to the millions of Chinese and Indian engineers graduating annually. EngineeringUK has examined the concern and found that;
- Only 8,600 engineering graduates in the UK are employable globally compared to 76,400 in China and 124,400 in Indian
- The number of globally employable graduates per 100,000 were compared, results showed that the UK output 2.5 times more graduates employable than China and 1.5 times as many as India
ASDA has recently introduced a ‘3DME’ printing machine, which allows for figurines of yourself to be created. The process involves the person to pose for 12 seconds whilst the Pod captures 900 to 1500 frames which are stitched together by the advanced software to create a 3D image which is then printed to form a 3D ceramic figurine, as shown below.
More about 3D printing
3D printing uses a variety of materials such as plastics, glass, metal, human tissue, wax, food sand and glue mixes. Instead of printing a flat surface with a single layer, 3D printing allows for three-dimensional objects to be formed by building layers upon layers.
The world of 3D printing
New opportunities will be created by 3D printing in almost every industry. Within the food industry it will allow for the creation of edible foods through the use of syringes filled with edible foods. Technology to decorate and design foods consistently with icing and other soft foods will be made a reality.
The medical sector will be impacted hugely as 3D printing will allow for printing of cells that will replicate human tissues, organs and blood vessels. A 3D scanning device will enable medics to examine limbs, which will provide a detailed digital image that can then be sculptured using high-tech technology. This will offer the medical industry advances in artificial limb development, which will reduce the cost of making them traditionally by 1/10.
Consumerism will progress from pre-manufacture to personal manufacture. Consumers will be given control of what they want to create, through designing and printing personalised 3D objects can be manufactured. These services can be offered to consumers through website platforms where they can choose existing designs, modify existing designs or create new designs using the software provided to ensure seamless production. The development of 3D printing within consumer development offers print on demand, which allows the quick and efficient production of customised goods.
3D printing has opened the manufacturing industry up to a range of new advances in technology. It provides manufacturers with the ability to produce 3D parts and assemble the various materials in a single build. This promotes the creativity and experimentation of designs. Reducing the need for machining and handcrafting models, which saves, manufactures a lot of time. With such quick and streamlined production, the maintenance of a physical moulds inventory can be vastly reduced.
You can play a role in a creative process within the growing 3D printing industry.
The 3D printing industry is expected to have grown by £12.8 billion in revenue by 2018 worldwide and is estimated to surpass £21 billion by 2020 in revenue. A projected 1.82 million engineers are needed between 2012 between 2022, as there is currently a yearly shortfall of 55,000 workers. To reach the need of skilled engineers, the amount of apprentices and graduates coming into the industry need to double.
You can gain the elements you need to manufacture your dream through a Semta apprenticeship. Semta provides employers within the manufacturing and engineering industry a apprenticeship service. Through the regular reviews, it regulates that the training being provided by requesting updates on all apprentices’ progress to ensure the best training is being given. It aims to have increased the number of apprenticeship registrations from 8,000 to 16,000 by 2016.
Taking the apprenticeship route offers many benefits; they enable you to learn on the job, gaining and developing knowledge and skills whilst achieving a qualification and earning money. The practical experience gained through an apprenticeship will allow you to advance ahead of your peers as you have demonstrated the application of your knowledge in a workplace setting.
What qualifications will you need?
Intermediate Apprenticeship – Three to five GCSEs at grades D-E
Advanced Apprenticeship – Five GCSEs at grades A*-C
There are three main levels of Apprenticeships:
Intermediate Apprenticeships at Level 2 (semi-skilled operator)
Advanced Apprenticeships at Level 3 (technician/skilled craftsperson)
Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and above (technician engineer).
What career prospects are there after your apprenticeship?
Engineering apprenticeships are widely recognised across many sectors and by many companies, they open up opportunities within organisations such as British Gas, BMW, to local companies.
Where will you study?
During an engineering apprenticeship, it focuses on both practical and academic learning. Therefore, there will be a combination of learning environments, the practical aspect will be done during a work placement and the academic aspect would take place in a training facility. With the combination of both aspects, you become more employable than your peers who went into full-time education as you have applied your knowledge in the working environment. And with the current shortage of engineers, it is the perfect time to start your journey to become tomorrow’s engineers, today.
Do you get paid whilst doing an apprenticeship?
You will receive the current apprentice wage which is £3.50 per hour, although, some employers do exceed the minimum.
If you would like to learn more about the careers available within the advanced manufacturing industry then here are some useful websites to have a look at;
Or, visit The Big Bang event near you. It is the largest science, technology, and engineering event for young people in the UK. It gives the young people opportunities to meet current engineers from various companies, offering them inspiration and encouragement. For more information about The Big Bang event visit
With 3D printing in its early stages, there is a long way to go before the time of futuristic printing. But you can be apart of making it happen. The boundaries of advanced manufacturing will be unlimited.