Based on our class discussions, the video links (which I include below) and your own research, answer the following (at least 300 words):
What are the major changes in manufacturing over the last 100 years? What needs drive these changes? What is the importance of digital technology (e.g. computer aided drawing and design, data storage and collection), advanced measurement and calculation tools, new materials and materials research in enabling and driving the future of manufacturing?
•The Making of a Steam Engine (British, 1938): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHIEudnoRYU
•Assembly line at Ford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4KrIMZpwCY
•Microchip manufacturing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2KcZGwntgg
Role of Computer Assisted Design in manufacturing: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/3d-cad/design-for-manufacturability.htm
Role of Computer Assisted Design automation: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/3d-cad/cad-animation.htm
•Additive Manufacturing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1nrCB8p18Y