How should progress be defined in the world of technology? Is progress characterized by shorter lead times? Laboratory breakthroughs? More efficient teams? Cheaper processes or potentially a combination of all of the above? One thing is for sure: progress is catalysed by the automated digitisation of our world, where central to all is communication. New terminologies have sprung up to describe elements of this communication revolution, namely the Internet of Things (IOT), Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics among other.
Industry has followed suit, being an important adopter of new technologies and bracing themselves for what they see as a positive impact. This revolution has been branded as Industry 4.0.
An example of this is where traditional computer engineering tools together with the Cloud have created innovative collaboration platforms. With the announcement of Onshape, computer-aided design (CAD) and SimScale, computer-aided engineering (CAE), as well as their default cross-platform integration, we see for the first time the transition from typically hardware/software dependent computational tools towards being fully available on the Cloud. This creates a more efficient and fluent teamwork environment. At the same time it removes the burden of supreme hardware, complex licensing protocols and updates, since all the operations are seamlessly managed via the Cloud.
Whilst progressive steps are taken in our working methods and technologies, experts have voiced fears of an eminent technical skills gap. In the UK alone this might compromise its £27bn annual stake in engineering at the turn of this decade. Given the interdependence of modern globalised societies this problem is not exclusive to a single country, as indicated by the latest Hays’s global skill index.
At 4Delta Education we truly believe that central to all is education. In our efforts to address the worries of technical education we have created a Cloud-based training platform dedicated to bring high-tech knowledge to all, individuals and groups (professional or academic) alike.
With our partners Onshape, Inc. and SimScale GmbH we have created content addressing the needs of newcomers to the world of 3D design and engineering analysis. Our unique e-course in Advanced CAD and Elementary Finite Element Analysis aims to deliver the tools needed to develop independent designers with a solid foundation in engineering. Upon completion of the course our trainees will be able to master complex design ideas using Onshape and three-dimensional finite element analysis through the use of SimScale. We treat education as a growth process and this is reflected in our post-training programme where we continue to offer trainees support through our private forum, established to address on-going concerns as well as give them an in-depth update about new trends in the industry.
This e-course follows our first instalment of technical knowledge, which addresses fundamental 3D design skills and the 3D printing.
4Delta Group is a London based company established by a team of experienced scientists and engineers devoted to advancing materials technology. As part of our vision for a sustainable, secure and fairer world, we have created 4Delta Education, where you will find a series of carefully formulated training courses designed to bring technology, science and the arts closer to you. For more information, visit us at: https://4delta.co.uk and https://education.4delta.co.uk
Are you in the UK this month? Meet us at the The 3rd Annual STEMtech Conference & Showcase on 13 & 14th June 2016 and learn more about our trainings in cooperation with SimScale and Onshape.
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