4. October 2013
has constructed flexible manufacturing systems for more than 30 years. The winners
of a conceptual design competition held in honor of this milestone produced this imaginative (and fun to watch) video that visualizes how parts might be produced looking ahead another thirty years. Especially significant about the futuristic vision of the student team that won is the two-level approach to technology this vision entails—the machine level using robots for additive and metalcutting manufacturing processes, and the system level using cloud-based integration and communication.