Additive manufacturing: A long-term game changer for manufacturers

McKinsey & Company - October 1, 2017

Oct 1, 2017
Additive manufacturing (AM)—the process of making a product layer by layer instead of using traditional molding or subtractive methods—has become one of the most revolutionary technology applications in manufacturing. Often referred to as 3-D printing, the best-known forms of AM today depend on the material: SLS (selective laser sintering), SLA (stereolithography), and FDM (fused deposition modeling) in plastics, and DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) and LMD (laser metal deposition) in metals. Once employed purely for.... Read More
Additive manufacturing: A long-term game changer for manufacturers

To get the most out of additive manufacturing, companies need to think beyond prototyping and understand what the technology means for production.

Coal Seeks New Life as Carbon Fiber for Submarines

Tim Loh and Patrick Martin | Bloomberg - September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017
The 30-foot hull of an experimental mini-sub is helping to show how the U.S. may be able to redeploy the mountain of coal that power plants are no longer burning. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee used carbon fibers to build the submersible for the U.S. Navy with a 3-D printer, demonstrating the promise of new manufacturing techniques that are faster, cheaper and more flexible. But it also offers inspiration to scientists looking.... Read More
Coal Seeks New Life as Carbon Fiber for Submarines

"Perhaps the greatest potential for coal now is in carbon fiber already widely used in aircraft and high-cost luxury items", said Eric Eddings, a scientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

U.S. Labor Market Remains Positive Driven by Uptick in Manufacturing

Business Insider - September 19, 2017

Sep 19, 2017
MILWAUKEE – U.S. employers expect the pace of hiring to remain positive in Q4, with one in five employers (21 percent) planning to add staff. Of the more than 11,500 U.S. employers surveyed, 71 percent expect to maintain their headcounts; just six percent expect workforce reductions and two percent are unsure. Employers across all sectors report favorable hiring intentions, with those in durable goods manufacturing reporting the strongest intentions in the past 10 years. "Technological.... Read More
U.S. Labor Market Remains Positive Driven by Uptick in Manufacturing

"Technological disruption is transforming manufacturing into a high-tech, high-skilled industry,"