• Question: Is it true that computers are starting to play a vitall role in engineering worldwide

    Asked by zoha to Ant, Dan, Matt, Mike, Steph on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Matt Maddock

      Matt Maddock answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Increasingly so! Perhaps not so much in the putting-things-together stage, but certainly, for designing things, they are incredibly useful and powerful.

      Having said that, these days, you can even use computers to make stuff! – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3d_printing

    • Photo: Dan Veal

      Dan Veal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Absolutely. And it’ll just be more so in the future. More and more computers will be integrated in every device possible. I bet you within 5 or 10 years you’ll have a computer within your toothbrush…

    • Photo: Anthony Hollingsworth

      Anthony Hollingsworth answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      very true indeed! Infact nowerdays they are vital for many tasks, theres actually a new type of fighter jet (the euro fighter typhoon) which can only be flown with computers too! if they were turned off then the plane would flip over and crash