3D printed cars or jet engines are just the beginning

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3D printing has had a lot of hype the last few years, but most recently, it seems this technology arena has entered the “trough of disillusionment,” as 3D printing stock prices have taken a hit.  But the technology is still early in its childhood and its potential for massive disruption (of manufacturing and supply chains) still lies before us.   Continue reading… “3D printed cars or jet engines are just the beginning”

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Manufacturing will radically change with HP’s move into the 3D printing market

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HP’s new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.

In October, HP announced that it’s entering the 3D printing market with an industrial machine that is 10 times faster and 50% cheaper than current systems, immediately brought out the online snark.

 

 

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More U.S. manufacturers are moving production back from China

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U.S. based executives see a larger share of their manufacturing capacity will be in the U.S. in 5 years.

The number of U.S. manufacturers moving home is growing. According to a new survey from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more U.S. companies are moving production back from China.

 

 

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3D printing breakthrough allows several different metals within one print

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Image of the LD process fabricating several test specimens.

It’s amazing how quickly additive manufacturing technology has been progressing. Laser sintering of metals within the manufacturing industry was a process used by only a few companies, mostly in a research capacity, just a few years ago. Now numerous companies are using laser sintering additive manufacturing machines to print extremely important metal components for a variety of products, from airliners to race cars.

 

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Elon Musk plans to build gigantic solar power super-factory in New York

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SolarCity hope to create competitive made-in-the-USA panels.

In addition to Elon Musk’s revolutionary SpaceX and Tesla Motors businesses, he’s trying to revolutionize solar energy, too. Now Musk’s solar company SolarCity wants to build a gigantic solar panel manufacturing plant in New York intended to build enough plans to meet what he hopes will be rapidly rising demand.

 

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Small and midsized companies struggle with their U.S.-based factories

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More than 80% of companies bringing work back to the U.S. have $200 million or less in sales.

In recent years, some small and midsize companies have brought manufacturing back to the U.S. but they have found it a bumpy road. Shortages of skilled workers are a common problem, as are difficulties navigating complex regulatory systems that govern modern American manufacturing.

 

 

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