Smart manufacturing is a broad category of manufacturing that employs computer-integrated manufacturing, high levels of adaptability and rapid design changes, digital information technology, and more flexible technical workforce training.
Industrial machinery in manufacturing is experiencing a radical upswing of technological advancements based on smart manufacturing. This exciting trend, however, creates a challenge for validating and managing modern manufacturing and assembly operations for achieving premium quality and optimizing cost.
In the last several years, there has been a move towards 3D printing and additive manufacturing. From a machining perspective, it allows the machine designer to consolidate components via the additive manufacturing process, leading to less expensive parts, superior reliability and increased durability.