Recently while browsing a traveling magazine I stumble into an image of a clear detail of STONE corbeling done centuries ago at a 9th Century Hindu Temple in Indonesia. Somewhat similar to a recent brick corbeling model that I build at my backyard deck this past year while experimenting with Parabolic Brick Corbeling Arch construction modeling. It is amazing to see how old we could find traces of stone corbeling arch construction somewhere around the world. "Learning from the past to build for the future."
Perhaps Engineering Schools could start promoting more of a hands-on nano scale experimental construction of building models to validate some basic concepts of stability and principles of static equilibrium and basic graphical models of structures in 2D and 3D with all different type of materials, not just steel and concrete .... . Kind of going from the digital world to the actual world by hands.
"Learning by Doing." It is just about time for Engineering Schools to diversify and broaden the spectrum of new materials in a new age of new technologies, robotics, 3D printing, etc. What are the actual physical properties of 3D printed materials .... Time to adapt to new technologies!