Manufacturing

Why Americans don’t make televisions anymore

Television manufacturing is beginning to reemerge in the U.S., but manufacturers are being stifled. Abusive licensing patent pools threaten to slow innovation and economic growth charging consumers for technology they may never use.

PCAST Pushes to Commercialize Nanotech

In a report out today on the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology urges the government to "transition its activities toward facilitating commercialization by directing the formulation of specific nanotechnology Grand Challenges."

SPIE leaders delighted with photonics manufacturing institute announcement by White House

SPIE leadership and researchers in photonics-related industries reacted enthusiastically to the news from the Obama Administration committing more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute.

How A National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation

For the first time in more than 10 years both manufacturing output and employment are increasing. Since the end of the recession, the manufacturing sector has created more than 700,000 jobs and currently supports a total of 16 million U.S. jobs, according to NIST. Careers in manufacturing include those of engineers, designers and computer programmers, and the average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000 a year.

President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

As part of the effort to build on the progress made and highlight the need for continued investment in American manufacturing, the President is announcing today a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense, and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

Brown sponsors bill to boost U.S. manufacturing innovation, teamwork

Brown is the sponsor of a bill that would create a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, bringing together industry, higher-education institutions, federal agencies and other levels of government to push manufacturing innovation. That bill passed the House by voice vote this week. In the Senate, it awaits a full vote after it passed a committee in April.

Manufacturing Bill Passes House

Tom Reed’s Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, or “RAMI,” passed the House today with a strong showing of support from Members on both sides of the aisle.

Engineering is fun: former NASA astronaut on turning dreams into careers

Lawrence pointed out the "leak" in STEM education pipeline. 70% of 4th grade students say that they love math and science; however, the passion wanes as they grow older. Only 21% of 8th grade students say that they want to pursue STEM careers. To fix the "leak," Lawrence suggested showing students the stories of successful professionals and dispel the stereotypes that STEM careers are hard, boring, and usually held by men.

NASA to send 3D printer into space

In one small step towards space manufacturing, NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station. Astronauts will be able to make plastic objects of almost any shape they like inside a box about the size of a microwave oven — enabling them to print new parts to replace broken ones, and perhaps even to invent useful tools.

Robotics, 3D printing take center stage at IMTS

Fleisher believes that the key to a better manufacturing future is to improve math and science education. In the past, anyone could find a satisfying job in manufacturing production sector. Today, students need more education in computer science, coding, design, trouble-shooting and critical thinking ability to land a career in manufacturing.

This Technology Could Have The Biggest Impact On American Jobs Since Offshoring

3D printing, which last fall Credit Suisse forecast could grow up to 30%, has the potential to reshape how America makes stuff, creating new high tech jobs in the U.S. and bringing old ones back from abroad.

A technology boom for manufacturing

We are in the midst of an industrial technology and energy systems convergence that is driving a change in Larry Turner. Courtesy: Hannovermanufacturing the world over. In the past six years, the pace of innovation and development in the industrial automation sector has moved into overdrive.

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

U.S. Commerce Department Invests $2.8 Million to Foster Innovation in Louisiana and Massachusetts

"The EDA investments announced today will support critical infrastructure and manufacturing projects that use innovation to help attract investment and create jobs in Louisiana and Massachusetts."

Innovation and Industries: 3-D Printing

3-D printer manufacturing sales (which include the printers, consumable materials, and maintenance) rose from $1.2 billion in 2008 to an estimated $2 billion in 2013. Throw in service and software, and many experts expect the industry to keep growing as rapidly as the printers can churn out custom-made widgets.

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