When I was younger I was sure I would become an engineer just like my grandpa and my older brother. I loved science and math, and did quite well which seemed like a perfect fit. However, it just wasn’t meant to be, and the more stories I read like this one from Airbus just reaffirms to me that I made a wise choice in leaving the engineering to other people.
The article itself is about how Airbus has created a company wide network for their bionic projects to ensure that repetitive work isn’t being done and that the greatest minds are working together to create the best results. Good for them.
The really cool part of the article is when they talk about some of the incredible technology they have already developed. One project is working to copy the structure of a lily to make stronger support structures for aircraft parts. I don’t think most of us look to plants for inspiration on building aircraft parts, but maybe that is why we aren’t engineers.
The other huge technology that is making news not only in the aviation industry but in all kinds of industries is the use of 3-D printing to save weight and reduce costs in manufacturing. This technology makes it possible to manufacture parts in ways that simply were not possible in the past. We truly are in an exciting period for aircraft design and manufacturing.
All of these technologies are really starting to come together and complement each other in the development of safer and more efficient aircraft. As sad as it is to see aircraft like the 747 start to fall in favor, it is pretty exciting to think about what the future may hold. In reality, most of us probably have no idea what the not to distant future may hold when it comes to new aircraft development.