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.

“Recoupling” Manufacturing and Innovation

“The decoupling of innovation from manufacturing,” as described by Harvard Professor Venky Narayanamurti, where “Americans brought great ideas to light, but then left the execution – manufacturing, and jobs -- to others” has left the United States in a job crunch throughout the supply chain. In recent years, however, U.S. companies are increasingly moving their manufacturing stateside.

Bosch: STEM Education Issues Must Be Addressed

Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch North America, says there are tremendous opportunities for young people with STEM educations to obtain good-paying, rewarding careers in the auto industry.

Technology, skills moving auto industry forward and creating jobs

Grimy shop floors with man-powered assembly lines have given way to clean, high-tech centers where robots and Google Glass headsets are as common as air wrenches. And as innovation allows manufacturing to integrate technology, the skills needed to work in the industry are changing, too.

Is STEM Vital to Filling Manufacturing Jobs?

With hundreds of thousands of industry positions unfilled despite an elevated unemployment rate, a new model is needed to power the manufacturing sector of the future.

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.


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