Advanced Manufacturing

'Robotic blacksmithing': A technology that could revive US manufacturing

December 23, 2019

Metal implements made by blacksmiths oftentimes have legendary strength because the working of the metal, like kneading of dough, makes its structure finer, more homogeneous. As the material is shaped, it develops directional strength, much like wood is stronger along the direction of its grain. However, no human blacksmith can deal with parts the size of aircraft landing gear or have the reproducibility and stamina to make the parts needed for our economy.

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Congress Hoping to Bolster US Advanced Manufacturing

December 20, 2019

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) supports cutting-edge research with 130 members from industry, academic institutes, non-profit organizations and states. The manufacturing hub, which could extend its federal subsidy of $ 70 million on Coons' bill, connects local manufacturers with national resources to stimulate local innovation.

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Peters Announces Proposal to Establish a National Institute of Manufacturing, Make Manufacturing Policy a Major National Focus

June 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced a new proposal to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing during his keynote address at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC. Inspired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the institute would serve as the hub for federal manufacturing programs, promote efforts to help our workforce close the skills gap and function as the focal point for developing a national strategy focused on ensuring American manufacturing policy can rapidly respond to changes in the global marketplace. Through his visits to manufacturers across Michigan, Peters has heard about the need for a unified strategy on manufacturing to revitalize the industry and keep pace with competitors in other countries.

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Rapid Reliability Assessment of Safety-Critical and Emerging Technologies

June 01, 2019

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) defines NDE as “the process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system.” Rapid reliability assessment, enabled by NDE, is poised to enable technologies that will have tremendous impact on U.S. safety, energy, health, and national  prosperity

Reclaiming America's Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing

June 01, 2019

This MForesight report identifies fundamental weaknesses in U.S. manufacturing and the risks these weaknesses pose for long-term wealth and security. It emphasizes the need for concerted national action to rebuild and restore manufacturing skills, capabilities, and productive capacity. The problems have developed over decades but have become worse with time, now reaching the point where we have lost the ability to scale emerging technologies because of a weak industrial commons, lost supply chains, and lost production knowledge.

How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

October 12, 2018

Many U.S. firms have long had a simple mantra: “Invent here, manufacture there.” But, increasingly, those same companies are now choosing to invent as well as manufacture abroad. From automotive to semiconductors to pharma to clean energy, America’s innovation centers have shifted east, offering growing evidence that the U.S. has lost what Harvard Business School’s Willy Shih calls the “industrial commons”: indispensable production skills and capabilities.

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Manufacturing High Entropy Alloys

September 01, 2018

High entropy alloys (HEAs) provide a transformative opportunity to design materials that are custom tailored to the distinct needs of a given application, thereby shifting the paradigm from “apply the material you have” to “engineer the material you need.” HEAs will enable high-performance manufactured goods that are competitive in the international marketplace through extraordinary material properties and unique property combinations. HEAs deliver new choices to manufacturers to create alternatives to materials that are rare, hazardous, expensive, or subject to international restrictions or conflict.

Manufacturing Prosperity: A Bold Strategy for National Wealth and Security

June 19, 2018

Offshore production in advanced manufacturing has reached a critical point in which the strategy of “invent here, manufacture there” has become “invent there, manufacture there.” The United States must take bold steps to arrest this development and take advantage of transformational technologies to rebuild domestic manufacturing prowess for national wealth and security.

Restoring the U.S. Innovation Ecosystem

June 18, 2018

The 2019 MForesight National Manufacturing Summit took place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme was Restoring the U.S. Innovation Ecosystem: Reclaiming America’s Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. The Summit featured speeches from Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Gary Peters, and Rep. Ro Khanna; senior officials from the Departments of Defense and Commerce; and a range of industry and academic leaders--all focused on the future of U.S. advanced manufacturing and its implications for economic competitiveness, national security, and other key national priorities.

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Metamaterials Manufacturing

April 01, 2018

Metamaterials are artificially structured materials with the promise to remove performance constraints associated with conventional materials, redefining the boundaries of materials science and offering a wealth of new opportunities for innovation and economic growth.