Innovations such as 3D printing, robotics, extreme customisation and high-performance computing are just some of the elements that will shape the future of manufacturing. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use.
Advancements in material science are at a turning point. From programmable matter to smart polymers and self-healing concrete, the application of new materials could unlock new avenues for traditional industries to take off–and possibly solve some of the greatest challenges facing our planet. But human beings are still inefficient at turning raw materials into useful ones, and useful ones in products. The road from discovery to production is long and strewn with pitfalls. There are many examples of wonder materials, much hyped at the time, that have failed to deliver the advantages they promised. And even modern manufacturing methods can be wasteful and polluting.
Read more :