The industrial revolution: Historic background and present-day perks

Ever since the early days of humans’ existence for survival, the course of our evolution had always kept on flourishing due to the natural progression of the fittest. The continual quest for knowledge with intuitive experience of our environment and what it can offer us to better our lives have ultimately led our society to function in a particular way of discipline and interact with its discoveries with a curious approach. Such has been the case even in our early day essential findings like Fire, Language, Wheel etc. However, the same discoveries had also cost us some extreme experiences to be fully aware of the pros and cons of our own discoveries, (even to this day). Man was compelled to deal with his own findings either in a constructive manner or the same would also be a cause of his doom’s day fate. A rather more important school of thought was thus devoted to address the underlining query on how to use any discovery and exploit its benefits rather than being a victim of its harm’s way. 

Life back in the days around 10,000 years ago was made possible through the agrarian revolution of farming and domestication of animals. This predated revolution happened by the combined efforts of animals with those of humans for the purpose of production and transportation. The agrarian revolution was then followed by a series of industrial revolutions that began in the 18th century. Many scholars put the history of our modern-day civilization under the umbrella of four industrial revolutions where we managed to excel in using our typical findings in an immensely beneficial way. The industrial revolution is thus regarded as the full realization of machines’ potential characterized by using novel energy sources other than the traditional manpower or horsepower. 

The first industrial revolution. Harnessing Mechanical power.: (Rise of the coal industrial complex). This revolution was a legacy of James Watt (1736–1819), a Scottish instrument-maker who in 1776 designed an engine in which burning coal was essentially a power source to produce steam that drove a piston assisted by a partial vacuum cylinder. It all started in Britain in the 18th century whereby steam pressure power was used extensively to drive wheeled machineries for large scale production. The prime mover energy was derived from the abundantly cheap coal to make pressurized steam the preferred choice of power engaged in cotton/textile mills, factories, steal smelting facilities and train truck locomotives. Life went from being all about the farm to all about the factory production, and people moved from the country into town with the introduction of mechanical industries. Urbanization slowly became the norm of the day.

The second industrial revolution. Harnessing Electrical power.: (Rise of the oil industrial complex). This revolution also known as the science revolution came about in the 19th century in America. It was characterized by mass production and standardization of products able to reach the majority. It’s been a successful campaign all along thanks for the new discovery of huge reserves of oil to generate electrical energy as a prime mover of industries like steel processing, cars, trucks, machines, oil refinery and military equipment all the way down to light up individual homes and cities alike and facilitate the livelihood of the general public. This revolution was a legacy of the fierce competition of both great physicists of the day i.e. Thomas Edison with his Direct current argument, and Nicola Tesla with his Alternative current argument by which the later triumphed along with his many other interesting inventions despite their discretion.   

The Third industrial revolution. Harnessing Computing power.: (Rise of the nuclear industrial complex). This was the next big thing happening in Europe in the 20th century that revolutionized our industrial evolution with a huge step forward. It quickly gained prominence and competition of control between US and USSR. This continued until the point of cold war engagements due to its huge upside potential. Information was overrated. Telecommunications, signal processing and analog data input output analysis took over the situation. Yes, with great power comes great responsibility. Thus, the inevitable need to control such immense discovery was in essence considered  an intense competition that's still happening to this day. The renowned scientist Albert Einstein had a remarkable role in this revolution. 

The Fourth industrial revolution. Harnessing Technological power.: (Rise of the digital industrial complex). Here, we’re talking major strides and societal transformation which started in the wake of the present 21st century. Unlike its predecessors, this revolution is a global venture happening through the internet and smart hardware technologies. Information and data happen to be the main ingredients of this revolution. Recently, the digital revolution altered nearly every industry, once again with its multifaceted functionality.   It's still transforming how people live and work with on demand online services. Things like 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotic operations and genetic coding are some of its attributes to serve humanity well into the future. This has changed the way people do things including work and play, even social interactions online. The future is here and happening now as the moment of truth to make the move back to the digital future. 

In Conclusion:

There are numerous socio-economic advantages in changing how we do things with the help of technology. One of such attributes can be realized by 3D printing which has changed the way of small-scale fabrication which has evolved to additive manufacturing systems for industrial grade production facilities. This is a stark difference than the traditional subtractive manufacturing. It has managed to disrupt all the major industries as we read. With that in mind, Additive Abyssinia is here to deliver the call of the nation’s manufacturing industry and capitalize on its hurdles to complement the already established production facilities. We believe it’s about time to leverage on the power of 3D technologies for the sake of our economy and overall societal benefits. Keep in touch with us by the tab ‘Book a demo’ for any of your design and product development enquiries. What can we help you with . . .?