Advanced Manufacturing is also known as the “Digital Factory”, “Smart Factory” or “Industry 4.0”, which is the application of digital technologies to the manufacturing process. The Advanced Manufacturing Program includes technologies such as Autonomous Robots, System Integrations, Internet of Things (IoT), Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Cloud Computing, Augmented Reality (AR), Big Data, Cybersecurity, Digital Twins, Compliant Robots, Industrial Networking, Material Testing and the mainstreaming of New Processes. The program is centered on hands-on activities to provide a practical understanding of processes, equipment, software and materials. The scope of the Advanced Manufacturing Program is to follow the Cradle to Grave Gated Engineering Life Cycle used at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, providing structure for work and a sense of social responsibility.
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