Modern society is driven by advances in technology. Today, there are a whole host of devices and apparatuses that have been created thanks to advances in technology that make the life of the common man easier. Technology affects every walk of life, including things like manufacturing, astronomy, transportation, and food production.
When talking about advances in technology, a person would be remiss if they did not focus on the effect that precision engineering has had in making many of the technological marvels mankind takes for granted possible. Many people think of precision engineering as something that is relatively new. However, the truth is that precision engineers have worked to make mankind’s life better for thousands of years.
Precision engineering covers the creation of precision machine tools and the creation, research, development, and manufacturing of high accuracy components and their systems.
Precision engineering takes many different scientific and engineering skills and groups them together. Precision engineering only takes place in societies where a common technological solution can be used in multiple disciplines and on multiple products. An example of this can be seen when one looks at how ancient tool making worked with astronomy and horology to eventually create some of the modern tools that are used to map the stars as well as map the planet.
Precision engineering is seen in many different disciplines. Its purpose is always to come up with an innovative way to respond to the needs and wants of society.
Throughout history, there have always been two driving forces behind the advancement of precision engineering. Number one was military and defense. The second was trade. Intermixed between these two primary driving forces were secondary forces, which include fear, pride, inquisitiveness, and greed.
It is clear that even in modern society these forces are still driving precision engineering and precision engineers. The only difference is that in modern society, trade in the economy is a more powerful force than the military.
Currently, there are many different tools and procedures that are used in precision engineering. One technique that is widely used in precision engineering is CNC milling (computer numerical control milling). This process involves using a rotating cylindrical cutting tool. However, the CNC machine has the ability to move along multiple axis, and this allows it to create a wide array of complex shapes, holds, and slots.
Military and economic forces will continue to be the driving factor behind precision engineering. The result will be new technology that will have a positive impact on the way mankind lives.