From earphones to jet engines, 3D printing takes off

Many manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customization. After three decades in relative obscurity, 3D printing, which employs lasers to "print" objects from metals or plastics according to a digital design, has suddenly become one of the hottest areas of technology.

HP's Move into 3D Printing Will Radically Change Manufacturing

HP is claiming its 3D printing technology, called Multi Jet Fusion, will enable mass production of parts instead of just rapid prototyping. The new machine is unlikely to mass produce millions or billions of product parts; think, instead, in terms of tens, hundreds or thousands of parts.

WH launches contest for 3D printed ornaments

Officials are using the effort to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and advanced manufacturing in the United States. The administration hosted its first "maker faire" earlier this year and in years past has promoted an institute for "additive manufacturing" in Youngstown, Ohio.

Business R&D Performance in the United States Tops $300 Billion in 2012

Companies spent $302 billion on research and development performed in the United States during 2012, 2.8% more than the $294 billion spent during 2011. Funding from the companies’ own sources was $239 billion during 2011 and $247 billion during 2012, a 3.6% increase; funding from other sources was $55 billion in both years.

Obama's Manufacturing Boost Could Be Boon for U.S. Jobs

In a closed-door meeting with manufacturing executives and academics Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama laid out a number of new executive actions aimed at boosting manufacturing in the U.S. by encouraging innovation, developing a pipeline of skilled workers and improving the business climate for manufacturers.

Outlook Dims For Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

The Senate has so far failed to act on a companion bill (S. 1468) that is similar to the House bill. But advocates say it’s still possible that Congress will return after the election and take the final steps needed to both authorize the network and adopt related policies aimed at strengthening U.S. 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.


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