Innovations as prerogative
Nowadays, technology is definitely not something to be described as static, since it’s moving faster than ever. The industry is going to see a continuous effort and challenge to meet the sector’s skills shortage. If we want to remain competitive, we can’t ignore the changes.
The skills needed by engineers never really change because the ability to solve problems and work as a team, and generally being innovative are all traits of a successful engineer.
Engineers must be at the forefront of innovation and emerging technologies as well as the new technologies that have become their important tools. In order to face change, engineers must upgrade their existing skills and learn new ones that will help them collaborate with the new technologies.
While the appearance of CAD technology simplified the design process, its expanded growth into more markets means that the modern day engineer has to solve a lot of problems like never before. Diverging from the solely design-centric programs, CAD programs are now workflow-centric tools used all the way through project workflows. Growing CAD capabilities mean that engineers can and usually have to consider manufacturability.
The increasing ability to follow the product lifecycle into workflow in order to design better products at every stage, needs to be integrate in daily practice. Real-time design feedback can be given, so change needs to be made as fast as possible. By implementing a methodology of constant optimization in workflow and not resisting change, we can benefit from growing technology.
The rise of disruptive technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and additive manufacturing (AM) are set to dominate the industry in the upcoming period of time.