Considering the potential impact of 3D printers, which is massive, economically and industrially. Do you think chemical engineering, which has gained massive popularity in recent years as it has become the highest-paying engineering degree, will still continue to thrive?
As much of chemical engineering content is related to industrial operations and chemical processes on large scale, this might go against the increasing trend of the upsurging 3D printing technology which, when finally become fast and efficient enough to be a household product, will reduce the need of large industrial operations and mass producing things. And who will become the new rising star after this revolution? I doubt it will have much impact on other 3 traditional disciplines of engineering (Mechanical,Civil and Electrical), and their trend might even go up if I do predict correctly.
(I'm not asking this to help me choose my future career as it's still a long way to go for me but I spent lots of my time today thinking about this so I just want to know what others think)
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What effect will 3D printer have on chemical engineering world? watch
- Thread Starter
- 02-11-2015 18:27
- 03-11-2015 00:00
Well you need chemical engineers to make all those plastics for 3D printers. But I don't see a big shift in things until it's necessitated by a lack of resources or legislation.
I think the pressing concern is not wasting all of this valuable oil by putting it into our cars. Let's try to leave the next generation of engineers the raw materials to make things.