manufacturing

Did you know that 3D Printers can Fax Physical Objects?

Did you know that 3D Printers can Fax Physical Objects?

How cool.  And brought to you by Kickstarter.  Check out the promotional video posted at Springwise:  

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A Contrarian Take on the US Manufacturing Renaissance.

A Contrarian Take on the US Manufacturing Renaissance.

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Stephen Rattner made the case that the much heralded manufacturing renaissance is a mirage: [We] need to get real about the so-called renaissance, which has in reality been a trickle of jobs, often dependent on huge public subsidies. Most important, in order to compete with China and other low-wage […]

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China Soon to be Global Leader in Automated Manufacturing

China Soon to be Global Leader in Automated Manufacturing

This from Global Crunch: China currently has just one-fifth the number of robots as Japan, and just one-third as many as the United States or Germany. But Akira says it’s just a matter of time before China surpasses the United States and Japan in having more robots. “The total sale of robots in China last year […]

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Another Sign of US Manufacturing Revival?  Converting Trails back to Rails in Michigan

Another Sign of US Manufacturing Revival? Converting Trails back to Rails in Michigan

The revival of manufacturing in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has had an unusual ripple effect.  This from the Detroit Free Press: Michigan leads the nation in the miles of recreational trails converted from abandoned railroad tracks. But come August, the 2,653 miles of trails will shrink by almost two miles […]

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3-D Printing Gets Serious

3-D Printing Gets Serious

We’ve been following the 3-D printing phenomenon for quite a while.  It has the potential to transform manufacturing and, as a result, economic development.  Now, according to the Economist’s Schumpeter blog, the industry is moving into a new phase that could transform both the crafts market and the mainline manufacturers that use the technology: CONSOLIDATION […]

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SUNY New Paltz Establishes 3-D Printing Facility

SUNY New Paltz Establishes 3-D Printing Facility

Sometime in the 1990s, while working at SUNY New Paltz, I had suggested that the campus could play an important role in economic development if it could marry its traditional strengths in arts and design with its nascent program in electrical engineering. While the suggestion was met with quizzical looks at the time, it has […]

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