My limited experience with graphical programming is that of using LabView for a test set that a customer requested, rather than my usual programming language of choice. I am not a big fan of graphical programming although I know a lot of folks are - I do get concerned because I think that "you can focus on engineering/design concepts, instead of teaching a programming language" may be a good start for getting young people interested - but if you don't learn a programming language, you sacrifice the ability to have low level control when you need it.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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