Precision design plays an important role in modern society. It combines the powerful tools of technology, engineering, creativity, education and collaboration to create many of the most iconic instruments in use today. Such things as car windshields, appliances, lighting systems, boat motors and airplanes would not be possible without professional design processes. Man’s ability to cooperate and to build on accumulated knowledge has transformed the world in the past couple of centuries. Occasionally this has resulted in questionable creations (such as lava lamps and bean bag chairs), but mostly it has been for the benefit of society. Here are a couple areas of professional design that would be hard to live without.
The technological advances in tool design have increased in recent years. Contract machining capabilities have been enhanced by 3D design, improved computer software applications and injection mold principles. This allows manufacturers from many different industries to get tools perfectly designed for the task at hand. Not only does this create a tool that performs a unique job, but it also results in implements that are durable and that hold up to all kinds of duress. Materials such as copper alloys, aluminum, and steel can be worked into the best tools ever made.
Advances in food packaging allow for more attractive and eco-friendly options than ever before. Lightweight food packaging allows for a reduced impact on the planet thanks to a decrease in transportation energy and a reduction in food wastage. When more products will fit into a truck and often at a lighter weight, the transportation savings can be significant. Just as importantly, the proper sizing of packaging creates less waste which means less energy is used to bring the same amount of nutrition to a hungry population. This advance in food packaging has been enabled in part by advances in digital printing methods.