Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

The administration said in 2013 that it hopes to eventually establish a network of 45 institutes across the U.S., up from its original goal of 15. Germany’s Fraunhofer Society, a similar network of 67 institutes, is a partial model for the U.S. initiative.

Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is extremely important in building a skilled talent pool for the manufacturing sector. We spoke with three representatives in our July webinar, Manufacturing Companies and an Educated Workforce, about their efforts to build effective STEM education programs.

Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

The sector comprises 12 percent of the overall economy and greater investments in community colleges and trade schools are necessary. Stronger STEM emphasis in primary and secondary schools in addition to a renewed emphasis on shop classes will help build vocational skills.

Kick Starting the American Innovation Engine with Manufacturing Hubs

President Obama has repeatedly emphasized the importance of creating sustained growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector. President Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal included a one-time, $1 billion investment into building a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMMI).

The Most Coveted Employers For Engineering Students

While the rallying cry for STEM talent spans employers, data shows that engineers’ employment preferences skew towards more traditional manufacturing and extractive fields, with “engineering and manufacturing” ranked most preferred by nearly 70% of respondents, followed distantly by “energy,” and “aerospace and defense.”

Strategic approach to materials research aims to benefit U.S. manufacturers

Innovative new materials drive advances in virtually every product and industry imaginable — healthcare, transportation, energy, electronics, and many others. Yet it takes nearly two decades from the time researchers develop a new material until that material actually makes its way into manufactured products.

Local 3-D printer manufacturer wins Air Force contract

Optomec of Albuquerque has been awarded a $4 million contract to help repair metal components for the U.S. Air Force. Optomec, which makes 3-D printers, has a unique technology that can print metal parts or add metal to existing parts.

3-D printing poised to change manufacturing, and the curriculum

Not long ago, if you were a mechanical engineering student, that meant hours and hours in the machine shop, perfecting your lathing and milling. But with the rise of 3-D printers — machines that can build objects based on a computer design — that is beginning to change.

Siemens PLM Gives $1B in Software to Virginia Colleges

Siemens PLM will give more than $1 billion of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. Students will have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management software used in global manufacturing.

Electronics Industry Leaders Meet with Policy Makers in D.C.

A healthy electronics industry is critical to the economy and national security of all nations. That’s why 17 IPC member-company executives gathered in Washington, D.C. June 10-11 to meet with senior policy makers as part of IMPACT 2014: IPC on Capitol Hill.

Obama Highlights Innovation at White House

Over 100 “makers” from 25 states flocked to the White House on Wednesday to showcase their technological ideas in visually striking exhibits on the South Lawn.

President Obama Announces New Pen and Phone Actions to Spur Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Revitalize American Manufacturing

New game-changing technologies are reducing the cost, increasing the speed, and making it easier for entrepreneurs and manufacturers to translate new ideas into products Made in America.

6 Ideas To Make America's Manufacturers More Innovative

Here are our six ideas to make America’s small and medium-sized manufacturers more innovative and competitive and to give them the opportunity to create more middle-class manufacturing jobs.

Obama to join entrepreneurs, students to promote innovation at first White House 'Maker Faire'

The White House says more than 100 "makers" from 25 states will join President Barack Obama on Wednesday as he highlights entrepreneurship and promotes new tools to help fledgling businesses create and market their products.

Don’t Overlook Manufacturing as a STEM career

STEM careers that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, such as many manufacturing jobs, can pay well, too. A Brookings report aptly titled “The Hidden STEM Economy” found that a whopping one-half of all STEM jobs don’t require a four-year college degree.


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