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Investigating the advancements that enable additive today written with an engineering perspective by the technical community.


Impact of Additive Manufacturing Growth

December 17, 2015

Impact of Additive Manufacturing Growth

The impact of additive manufacturing continues to grow, and the industry will soon change the face of manufacturing, according to Dr. Lonnie Love, corporate fellow at Oak Ridge National Labs.

A Winter Nap Before Spring Growth for Manufacturing Technology Orders

December 14, 2015

A Winter Nap Before Spring Growth for Manufacturing Technology Orders

The market for manufacturing technology may have you on the edge of your seat, but don’t worry the industry is just taking a winter’s nap and will be back up in spring.

What’s Normal Got to Do with Additive Manufacturing?

November 20, 2015

What’s Normal Got to Do with Additive Manufacturing?

Normal is an innovative company using 3D printing to mass-produce a personalized product and it’s a revolutionary way of listening to music.

Advancing Emerging Technologies Through Innovative Collaboration

October 23, 2015

Advancing Emerging Technologies Through Innovative Collaboration

With a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab — the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) — collaborators can come together to demonstrate existing technologies and their applications, as well as test new and emerging technologies in a safe environment before they reach shop floor integration.

MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Student Innovation to Industry

November 11, 2015

MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Student Innovation to Industry

Calling all college students, and anyone who knows a college student: The MTConnect Student Challenge is for you!

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Down – When Will Conditions Improve?

November 24, 2015

Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Down – When Will Conditions Improve?

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders (USMTO) were up 11 percent compared to August. We did come out of the summer doldrums, like we usually do, but we didn’t do as well when you compare September orders year-over-year. 

NASA and Aerospace Industry Reaching “Warp Speed” in Drive for Advanced Manufacturing

October 23, 2015

NASA and Aerospace Industry Reaching “Warp Speed” in Drive for Advanced Manufacturing

NASA and the aerospace industry have been pushing the boundaries of innovative, low-cost manufacturing processes, including metallic joining, additive and digital manufacturing and advanced composites. These advances, and the new business prospects they are driving, are the focus for SpaceCom (the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition), Nov. 17-19 in Houston. 

New Manufacturing Innovation Hub Announced

October 8, 2015

New Manufacturing Innovation Hub Announced

“In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, innovation alone is no longer enough. Many nations, including the United States, are driving innovation to implementation through a whole-of-government approach. Accordingly, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is working to create a competitive, effective and sustainable research-to-manufacturing infrastructure. The goal: enable U.S. industry and academia to solve the ‘scale-up’ challenges that are relevant to industry.” — manufacturing.gov

Embracing Advanced Technology for Success

September 8, 2015

Embracing Advanced Technology for Success

It’s all about collaboration for Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President at the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). Taylor discussed the technology challenges in the manufacturing industry today with MFG Advocate's Penny Brown at the 2015 [MC]2 Conference.

The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

August 19, 2015

The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

While most people generally associate 3D printing with small size objects, the truth seems to be quite different. In fact, there seem to be two diametrically different concurrent trends in the industry. One is towards printing with the finest resolutions and the other is aimed at printing the largest sizes possible.