Smart Materials & Systems Foresight

In addition to identifying the Foresight Drivers for this sector (below), members of the Smart Materials and Systems Committee have helped in the preparation of the Materials Foresight Reports Functional Materials - Future Directions (PDF 1mb) and Smart Materials for the 21st Century (PDF 613k).

Business Drivers

Issues

Technology & Innovation needs

Markets &
Customers

Globalisation
of markets

 

 

New/ageing infrastructure

Sensors for structural health monitoring.
Active control systems e.g vibration
Active strengthening / disassembly e.g shape memory alloys

 

Improved
quality of life

Biomaterials
Biomedical devices
Telemedicine
Functional consumer products
Smart sports goods
Smart systems for crime prevention
Smart buildings

 

Competitive products

Increased functionality

 

Time to market

 

 

Miniaturisation

MEMS devices
3-D printing

 

Light weighting

 

 

 

 

Business practice
and economics

Productivity pressures
Cost reductions
Corporate consolidations Distributed manufacturing

 

 

 

 

Education
/workforce
/image

Need for
talented people De-emphasis
on manufacturing Loss of skills

Robotics

 

 

 

Information
technology

Growth of
Internet Simulation/
modelling

Virtual world interface - sensors, actuators, force feedback