First World Engineering Day
International 3D Printing Day is well known on the third of December, whereas Worldwide Girls in Engineering Day was launched three years in the past on June 23rd. However earlier this week, the primary World Engineering Day was formally launched by UNESCO.
Based on its the web site, the aim of World Engineering Day for Sustainable Growth is to “spotlight the achievements of engineers and engineering in our trendy world and enhance public understanding of how engineering and know-how is central to trendy life and sustainable improvement.”
The occasion celebrates, and promotes, the affect of engineers who’re working to create options for sustainable improvement. The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) proposed March 4th because the date for World Engineering Day, because it’s additionally the WFEO’s founding date. About 80 letters of assist for the concept have been obtained from worldwide and nationwide establishments, academies and nationwide commissions, representing 23 million engineers, and at UNESCO’s 40th Basic Convention, the decision was adopted to proclaim March 4th of yearly as World Engineering Day.
“It highlights that engineers can play a vital position in creating new applied sciences, improvements and infrastructures that may assist obtain Sustainable Growth Targets, equivalent to local weather motion and accountable manufacturing,” Wikifactory writes about World Engineering Day.
The primary social platform for collaborative product improvement, Wikifactory permits distributed groups to prototype extra shortly, manufacture smarter, and design collectively when creating and creating open supply tasks by way of the net. Its on-line neighborhood spreads throughout 130 international locations and contains lecturers, technologists, college students, engineers, makers, designers, and different artistic downside solvers who’re concerned in quite a lot of functions, equivalent to additive manufacturing, biotech lab gear, mechatronics, and sensible furnishings. All collectively, the Wikifactory neighborhood has printed greater than 1,000 open supply design tasks, overlaying the whole lot from robots and drones to telescopes, lab gear and biomaterials.
“On our platform we see a world community coming collectively that’s altering the way in which that issues are made. 1000’s of manufacturing engineers and product builders on our platform are brazenly sharing engineering ‘recipes’ that allow anybody to provide merchandise precisely the place they’re most wanted, from drones that may sew seeds to fight deforestation to excessive strain aeroponics programs that may develop vegetation within the air with out the necessity for soil,” acknowledged Christina Insurgent, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer at Wikifactory. “What’s encouraging to see is that the entire tasks on our platform contribute in a technique or one other to attaining every of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Growth Targets. And with digital fabrication applied sciences like 3D printing and CNC milling turning into extra reasonably priced, and now extra accessible because of Wikifactory, the engineering neighborhood make sure the designs they’re engaged on collectively may be manufactured instantly wherever on the earth, when and the place they’re most wanted.”
That’s why Wikifactory desires to focus on “the ingenuity in all types of and engineering tasks” on #WorldEngDay2020 – particularly the tasks which have a constructive environmental or social affect. And with over one-third of the tasks on the platform aligned with the brand new occasion’s 17 Sustainable Growth Targets (SDG)s, this was clearly not troublesome to do. Wikifactory wrote that “we welcome engineers to contribute with their expertise to tasks on Wikifactory, and even begin their very own.”
The SDGs are as follows:
Good well being and well-being
High quality schooling
Clear water and sanitation
Reasonably priced and clear vitality
First rate work and financial progress
Trade, innovation, and infrastructure
Sustainable cities and communities
Accountable consumption and manufacturing
Local weather motion
Life beneath water
Life on land
Peace, justice, and robust establishments
Partnerships for the targets
Wikifactory offered 3DPrint.com with an inventory of a few of its “progressive tasks” that bear mentioning for this yr’s World Engineering Day. As an illustration, there’s Dronecoria, an environment friendly answer for reforestation. The venture, which drives SDGs 13 and 15, options an open supply precision drone platform that’s outfitted with seed balls, and robotically distributes them via the air in deforested areas.
One other Wikifactory initiative is Subject Prepared, which we’ve got written about a number of occasions up to now. The venture makes use of digital fabrication for speedy prototyping functions in humanitarian crises, which helps the individuals in want transfer away from being depending on shipped provides and as a substitute making the provides themselves. As an illustration, the Water Hose Clamp is a quick and simple method to repair water leaking with 3D printing, and Latrine Rails, a low-cost emergency sanitation answer for these in wheelchairs, makes use of the identical methodology of printing what they want when and the place it’s wanted. The Subject Prepared venture can be answerable for creating the Rescue Airbag for search and rescue missions.
There are a number of open supply digital fabrication machine tasks on Wikifactory, which align with World Engineering Day’s SDG 12. Working to create programs equivalent to clay 3D printers, CNC mills, and even rotational casting machines, could be a large assist in creating native fabrication economies. Moreover, the GrowStack Maker open supply venture can be linked to SDG 12, along with 13 and 15. It’s a Excessive Strain Aeroponics (HPA) system that may be in-built lower than a day and really grows vegetation within the air with no soil and hardly any water.
Whereas #WorldEngDay2020 is over now, that doesn’t imply that we are able to’t maintain its goal within the forefront of our minds all yr lengthy – the world wants extra engineers with the precise expertise for sustainable improvement, and we are able to solely get there by selling engineering as a profession that may assist change the world for the higher.
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