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    Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, so by 2050 the industry could look vastly different. If that seems like a long ways away, remember that now to 2050 is as far away as 1988 to now! Advanced Manufacturing said, "It’s a safe bet that by 2050 the average machine tool will be fully automated and more capable. Multitasking will be common, perhaps nearly universal. The trend is well established." However, despite all these changes experts still say some things will stay consistent. Scott Walker said, “We’ve been tweaking manufacturing since the 1780s. The next 30 years will be more tweaking, unless we come up with something truly revolutionary.”

    Recommended ReadManufacturing in 2050: The World Turned Upside Down? - Advanced ManufacturingSource: http://advancedmanufacturing.org

    But Wohlers said many of the patents on machines that produce parts with polymers have expired, leading to new machines that use lower-cost materials.In the case of Fashion 360 from Autodesk (San Rafael, CA), the software runs on the cloud and uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically generate hundreds of designs that each satisfy the designer’s criteria for strength, cost, manufacturing method, material and so forth.Read More

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