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Trump Panel: New Administration Must Embrace Comprehensive Strategy to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing

The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, develop an aggressive and comprehensive manufacturing strategy focusing on t…
The incoming Trump Administration must move beyond one-off “name and shame” actions aimed at influencing large, global manufacturers to preserve domestic production and, instead, … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/trump-panel-new-administration-must-embrace-comprehensive-strategy-bolster-us-manufacturing/

GE Plant Tour: Shaping the Factory of the Future

Nearly 100 members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Greenville, South Carolina last week to see first-hand how General Electric’s 1.5-million square foot heavy duty gas turbine factory is embracing digitization.
Nearly 100 members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Greenville, South Carolina last week to see first-hand how General Electric’s 1.5-million square foot heavy … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ge-plant-tour-shaping-factory-future/

A "Cathedral of Manufacturing" Opens in Brooklyn

New Lab, an independent, interdisciplinary place for entrepreneurs working in robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and other areas, officially opens in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City.
I stumbled upon Scott Cohen and his “New Lab” creation in Brooklyn, New York, through a Google search. It was early 2015 and I was trying to identify innovations in manufacturing … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/cathedral-manufacturing-opens-brooklyn/

Can Under Armour Reinvent Customized Innovation with Manufacturing 4.0 Approach?

Sportswear maker Under Armour has come up with a new, Manufacturing 4.0-inspired, customized manufacturing model based on a powerful combination of creative design, rapid innovation, extensive digital automation, in-house strategic partners, and local pro…
Sportswear maker Under Armour has come up with a new, Manufacturing 4.0-inspired, customized manufacturing model based on a powerful combination of creative design, rapid innovati… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-under-armour-reinvent-customized-innovation-manufacturing-40-approach/

Top Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Show that M4.0 Is Transforming the Industry

When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation that the Manufacturing 4.0 era promises is much more than a theory or a metapho…
When the top winners of the 12th annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards were unveiled at a gala celebration on June 8, one thing became quite clear: The digital transformation tha… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-manufacturing-leadership-awards-winners-show-m40-transforming-industry/

Report: Digitization Means Workforce Disruption, But Jobs Will Be There for Those Who Want Them

Manufacturing’s adoption of ever-greater levels of automation and disruptive new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing job losses, but it will mean a great deal of disruption, as displaced workers strive t…
Manufacturing’s adoption of ever-greater levels of automation and disruptive new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean ongoing job losses… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/report-digitization-means-workforce-disruption-jobs-will-be-there-those-who-want-them/

Another Additive Manufacturing Standards Group Sets Up Shop

While makers and other enthusiasts continue to proclaim the transformative potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, enthusiasm among many industrial manufacturers remains muted. One reason: The absence of a comprehensive set of standards and c…
While makers and other enthusiasts continue to proclaim the transformative potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, enthusiasm among many industrial manufacturers rema… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/another-additive-manufacturing-standards-group-sets-shop/

What’s the Future for 3D Printing in Manufacturing?

A new report suggests that the growth in 3D printing technology in the manufacturing sector over the next three years will largely come in end-use production, with an emphasis on the use of metal materials. These two trends will combine to drive greater d…
Popular Discussions “Within 10 years, every commercial airplane will have 3D printed parts on it,” predicts Stratasys CEO Joe Allison in the foreword to a new report designed to… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/whats-future-3d-printing-manufacturing/

Manufacturers and Makers Finding Ways to Work Together

For a long time, the maker movement and the world of quality, high-volume production have been worlds apart. Contract manufacturers and job shops didn’t know how to sell or cater their services to makers who may have been interested in moving their creati…
Popular Discussions For a long time, the maker movement and the world of quality, high-volume production have been worlds apart. Contract manufacturers and job shops didn’t know… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturers-and-makers-finding-ways-work-together/

Alcoa Sinking $60 Million into R&D Center for 3D Printing

In a move that could boost the use of 3D-printed parts for production, particularly in the aerospace industry, Alcoa said is investing $60 million on an expansion of its Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, PA.
Popular Discussions In a move that could boost the use of 3D-printed parts for production, particularly in the aerospace industry, Alcoa said it is investing $60 million on an e… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/alcoa-sinking-60-million-rd-center-3d-printing/

Seventh Manufacturing Innovation Institute Formed to Focus on Flexible, Hybrid Electronics

The U.S. White House and Department of Defense today announced plans to create a manufacturing innovation institute that will be supported by $171 million in government and private funds and will advance research into and development of flexible electroni…
Popular Discussions The U.S. White House and Department of Defense today announced plans to create a manufacturing innovation institute that will be supported by $171 million in… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/seventh-manufacturing-innovation-institute-formed-focus-flexible-hybrid-electronics/

Millennials to Manufacturers: Get Better at Collaboration

If manufacturers want to attract, engage, and retain the best and the brightest of the Millennial Generation, they need to do a better job of embracing collaboration, and they need to be prepared to give Millennials a wide range of on-the-job experiences …
If manufacturers want to attract, engage, and retain the best and the brightest of the Millennial Generation, they need to do a better job of embracing collaboration, and they nee… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/millennials-manufacturers-get-better-collaboration/

Summit Think Tanks Take Deep Dive into Key Manufacturing Issues and Technologies

Attend the exclusive series of Think Tanks at the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 3-4, Carlsbad, CA, and join other leading senior executives to take a deep dive into the intricacies of vital industry trends.
Do you want to deepen your understanding of what a collaborative model of innovation can do for your company? Do you need to sharpen your company’s hiring policies to attract n… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/summit-think-tanks-take-deep-dive-key-manufacturing-issues-and-technologies/

At Raytheon Plant Tour, ML Council Roundtable Sees Much Headroom in Automation

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question that touches everything from workforce levels to time-to-market and even to ho…
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question th… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/raytheon-plant-tour-ml-council-roundtable-sees-much-headroom-automation/

UL Jumping into Testing of Materials for 3D Printing

Product safety consulting and branding service provider UL says it is creating a quality framework and analysis service designed to help manufacturers assure the quality and performance of materials being used to fabricate parts and products with 3D print…
Popular Discussions Product safety consulting and branding service provider UL says it is creating a quality framework and analysis service designed to help manufacturers assure… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/ul-jumping-testing-materials-3d-printing/

New Developments May Change Expectations on 3D Printing

Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes unjustified excitement which is quickly followed by a trough of disillusion…
Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/new-developments-may-change-expectations-3d-printing/

Could 3D Printing Really Transform Global Manufacturing Supply Chains?

One of the holy grails often cited by advocates of 3D printing technologies, or additive manufacturing (AM) as they are also known, is the potential for manufacturing companies to radically transform their traditional supply chains by creating a pool of d…
Popular Discussions One of the holy grails often cited by advocates of 3D printing technologies, or additive manufacturing (AM) as they are also known, is the potential for manu… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/could-3d-printing-really-transform-global-manufacturing-supply-chains/

Which 3D Printer And Materials Do You Need? New 3D Printing Database May Help

For many manufacturing companies hoping to harness the power of new 3D printing technologies in their prototyping or production operations, identifying the right machines and materials to use can be a complex exercise and a major constraint to adoption.
Popular Discussions For many manufacturing companies hoping to harness the power of new 3D printing technologies in their prototyping or production operations, identifying the r… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/which-3d-printer-and-materials-do-you-need-new-3d-printing-database-may-help/

Are Makers a Threat to “Real” Manufacturers?

Like a lot of people, I’ve been trying to understand what implications the burgeoning “maker” movement might have for industrial-scale manufacturing enterprises such as those that make up our Manufacturing Leadership Council. Sure, individual maker enthus…
Popular Discussions Like a lot of people, I’ve been trying to understand what implications the burgeoning “maker” movement might have for industrial-scale manu… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/are-makers-threat-real-manufacturers/

Era of Additive Manufacturing in Space Is Launched

The role of additive manufacturing in the distributed production of replacement and new parts took a giant leap forward this week with the launch of an unmanned space craft carrying a 3D printer—among other things—to the International Space Station. The…
Popular Discussions The role of additive manufacturing in the distributed production of replacement and new parts took a giant leap forward this week with the launch of an unman… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/era-additive-manufacturing-space-launched/

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