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What’s The Future of Manufacturing? An Expert View

Manufacturing is changing fast. Advances like 3D printing, virtual design technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and more integrated communication between the actors in the entire production chain are creating new opportunities. As traditional logistics and manufacturing models phase out, there’s uncertainty about what the industrial future may hold. “In the past we’ve had mass production as a major manufacturing paradigm, and we’ve had lean manufacturing,” said Li Zheng, Professor, PhD Supervisor and Vice President at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But now we’re seeing a new paradigm.” In that paradigm, engineers, scientists, designers and everyone else involved in manufacturing can do things they could only dream about a decade ago. The result is a brave new manufacturing world. The New Labor Market Opportunities For all the talk of new opportunities, there is a downside. As traditional logistics and manufacturing models phase out, there’s uncertainty about what the industrial future may hold. […]

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