'Advanced manufacturing' is a very broad term that refers to a range of modern techniques and practices involving the latest developments in technology.
It includes all aspects of the manufacturing process from design through to production and is commonly described as including (amongst many others) advanced forms of:
- Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM).
- Offsite manufacturing.
- Prefabrication and preassembly.
- Automation, robotics and other intelligent production systems.
- High precision technologies: Laser processing, electrical machining and mechanical machining.
- Modelling techniques such as building information modelling and finite element modelling.
- 3d printing (additive manufacturing).
- Sustainable and green technologies and processes.
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