The manufacturing sector always in searches of new and evolutionary technology like AI, AR and VR, and digital twin, to advance efficiency and productivity. However, the evolution of nanotechnology has garnered a lot of attention from industry leaders and has been compared to the advent of earlier technologies. Many manufacturing companies are leveraging nanotechnology to create products with enhanced capabilities and to lower their manufacturing cost.
Applications of nanotechnology provide essential capabilities with transformative improvements in materials performance and permanence for electronics, energy, construction, medicine, machine tools, agriculture, transportation, clothing, among other areas.
Nanotechnology encompasses the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular-scale, structures between one and 100 nanometers in size. The use of this technology can range from applications for stronger golf clubs and stain-resistant pants to future visions of transforming manufacturing and treating cancer.
Approaches to Nanotechnology Manufacturing
As nanotechnology is still in its infancy, its reach in several fields, including biotech, consumer electronics, clothing, and cosmetics, are already benefiting companies. And its future developments will assist manufacturers to improve efficiency in a number of operations, from design, processing, and packaging, to transportation of goods.
It could also be helpful for manufacturing companies in lessening their environmental impact by saving raw materials, energy and water, as well as greenhouse gases and hazardous wastes. By leveraging nanotechnology, businesses will able to get ahead of the competition, while providing a more sustainable future.
Nanotechnology in manufacturing focuses mainly on the development of scalable, high yield processes for the commercial production of materials, structures, devices and systems at the nanoscale. The technology has become a growing area of research and development for manufacturing applications, in recent times.
Leveraging Nanomanufacturing Effectively
Nanomanufacturing is the scaled-up, repeatable and cost-efficient manufacturing of nanoscale materials, structures, devices and systems. These materials and devices are then leveraged to build innovative, next-generation products that will provide higher performance at a lower cost and enhanced sustainability.
As the industry will continue to see enormous developments when it comes to nanotechnology, embracing this will provide several benefits to manufacturers. Considering industry reports, there are two basic approaches to nanomanufacturing – top-down or bottom-up. Top-down fabrication begins with a block of original material and systematically carves it away, down to the final nanoscale product. Conversely, in the bottom-up approach, products are produced by building them up from atomic- and molecular-scale components that provide engineers with more building options.
Moreover, innovations in nanotechnology offer new, ever-expanding opportunities to synthesize and commercialize new materials at the nanoscale. These materials are critical for driving advanced manufacturing forward, enhancing product performance and producing new, innovative products that improve manufacturing. Also, nanotechnology will improve the manufacturing of tomorrow by improving safety, fuel efficiency and minimizing friction.