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Can You 3D Print a Car? Local Motors Thinks So…

If you’re going to be anywhere near Chicago during September, you may want to drop into the International Manufacturing Technology Show (September 8-13). That’s where Phoenix-based auto innovator Local Motors plans to 3D print and assemble a specially-des…
Popular Discussions If you’re going to be anywhere near Chicago during September, you may want to drop into the International Manufacturing Technology Show (September 8-13). Tha… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-you-3d-print-car-local-motors-thinks-so/

3D Printing: Autodesk Bids To Become The ‘Android’ of the 3D World

3D modeling software company Autodesk plans to launch an open source software platform later this year in a bid to create a new global standard for 3D printing. It’s a potentially astute move. There are an estimated 40 or more different types of software …
Popular Discussions 3D modeling software company Autodesk plans to launch an open source software platform later this year in a bid to create a new global standard for 3D printi… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3d-printing-autodesk-bids-become-android-3d-world/

3D Printing: A Material Challenge

As manufacturers begin to consider expanding their use of 3D printing beyond prototyping into production, many are being stopped in their tracks by this question: How can we be sure about the quality and performance properties of the materials we are bein…
Popular Discussions As manufacturers begin to consider expanding their use of 3D printing beyond prototyping into production, many are being stopped in their tracks by this ques… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3d-printing-material-challenge/

Venture Fund Targets Emerging Manufacturing Technologies

Industrial giant Siemens this week said it has created a $100 million venture capital fund that it will use to back a variety start-up companies featuring emerging technologies for industrial applications. Siemens said the fund, managed by its Siemens Ve…
Popular Discussions Industrial giant Siemens this week said it has created a $100 million venture capital fund that it will use to back a variety start-up companies featuring em… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/venture-fund-targets-emerging-manufacturing-technologies/

CES 2014: 3D Printers Proliferate And Everything’s Connected

If you were ever in any doubt that the next big waves of technology innovation would be the pervasive connectivity of devices and the proliferation of 3D printers, look no further than this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas.
If you were ever in any doubt that the next big waves of technology innovation would be the pervasive connectivity of devices and the proliferation of 3D printers, look no further… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ces-2014-3d-printers-proliferate-and-everythings-connected/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-20141/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2014/

Manufacturing’s Future: The Role of Craftsmanship

In today’s increasingly digi-centric, disposable world, there’s a danger we’re forgetting something important about both the heritage, and the future, of the global manufacturing industry – the value of craftsmanship. Digitization is certainly making mode…
Popular Discussions In today’s increasingly digi-centric, disposable world, there’s a danger we’re forgetting something important about both the heritage, and … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturings-future-role-craftmanship/

3-D Printing: New ATF Chief Sounds an Alarm

Even though the technology known as 3-D printing--also called additive manufacturing--has been around for decades, it has been getting a lot of attention lately, as the technology itself matures and it moves more into the public view.
Popular Discussions Even though the technology known as 3-D printing--also called additive manufacturing--has been around for decades, it has been getting a lot of attention lat… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3-d-printing-new-atf-chief-sounds-alarm/

Are Digital Tools the Future of Manufacturing Innovation?

When Booz & Company published its latest Global Innovation 1000 rankings last week, one thing was abundantly clear: digital tools are now beginning to radically transform the entire innovation process. A prime example emerged earlier in the month when Loc…
When Booz & Company published its latest Global Innovation 1000 rankings last week, one thing was abundantly clear: digital tools are now beginning to radically transform the … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-digital-tools-future-manufacturing-innovation/

Study: Manufacturers Failing to Recognize the Transformative Impacts of 3D Printing, Intelligent Robotics

Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies including 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source electronics hardware, according to a rec…
Popular Discussions Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies inc… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/study-manufacturers-failing-recognize-transformative-impacts-3d-printing-intelligent-robotics/

3D Printing: When Will It Enter Mainstream Manufacturing?

When a technology gets hip -- along comes the hype. 3D printing is no exception. For the last two years, 3D, also known as additive manufacturing technology, has been heralded as the next big thing. Some even consider it the start of a third industrial re…
When a technology gets hip -- along comes the hype. 3D printing is no exception. For the last two years, 3D, also known as additive manufacturing technology, has been heralded as … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/3d-printing-when-will-it-enter-mainstream-manufacturing/

U.S. Steps Up Efforts on Advanced Manufacturing

The Obama Administration is attempting to beef up its efforts to promote the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Last week, the administration named additional industry executives to its manufacturing board and awarded more than $7 million…
The Obama Administration is attempting to beef up its efforts to promote the development of advanced manufacturing technologies. Last week, the administration named additional ind… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-steps-efforts-advanced-manufacturing/

3D Printing: Many Manufacturers Remain Cool to the Technology

The blogosphere is teeming these days with accounts of how 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) will transform manufacturing and introduce a new industrial revolution. But, at least according to the results of a soon-to-be-released survey by the M…
Popular Discussions The blogosphere is teeming these days with accounts of how 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) will transform manufacturing and introduce a new indus… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3d-printing-many-manufacturers-remain-cool-technology/

3D Printing Takes Off In Aircraft Engines: GE Aviation

Bob McEwan, general manager for new product innovation at GE Aviation predicts that by 2020 “well over 100,000 parts” in its new range of LEAP and fuel-efficient GE9X aircraft engines will be produced using 3D printing techniques.
Popular Discussions Bob McEwan, general manager for new product innovation at GE Aviation predicts that by 2020 “well over 100,000 parts” in its new range of LEAP an… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3d-printing-takes-aircraft-engines-ge-aviation/

Can 3D Printing Transform Space Exploration?

Many of the breathless predictions that 3D printing will transform manufacturing strike me as over simplified and overly optimistic. This week, however, I came across an application of additive manufacturing that seems truly transformative. NASA said it…
Popular Discussions Many of the breathless predictions that 3D printing will transform manufacturing strike me as over simplified and overly optimistic. This week, however, I… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-3d-printing-transform-space-exploration/

Are Franchised, Micro Factories in Your Future?

If U.S. manufacturing is to continue its revival, manufacturers will need to begin creating innovative new business models as well as leveraging new technologies such as advanced robotics and 3D printing.
If U.S. manufacturing is to continue its revival, manufacturers will need to begin creating innovative new business models as well as leveraging new technologies such as advanced … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-franchised-micro-factories-your-future/

4D Printing: Self-Adapting Materials In Manufacturing - Is It Just A Matter of Time?

Just when you were beginning to get to grips with the potential impact of 3D printing on your future business, along comes another innovative technology that may make you think even further ahead.
Just when you were beginning to get to grips with the potential impact of 3D printing on your future business, along comes another innovative technology that may make you think ev… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/4d-printing-self-adapting-materials-manufacturing-it-just-ma/

3D Printing Could Be the Death Knell for the Manufacturing Industry

My colleague David Brousell is preparing a survey on the “Factories of the Future,” a topic of great interest among readers of Manufacturing Executive and members of its Manufacturing Leadership Council. One of the survey’s questions asks respondents to d…
My colleague David Brousell is preparing a survey on the “Factories of the Future,” a topic of great interest among readers of Manufacturing Executive and members of i… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/3d-printing-could-be-death-knell-manufacturing-industry/

Additive Manufacturing Moves into Metals

Additive manufacturing--also known as 3D printing--appears to be rapidly expanding beyond the maker movement to find a home in large-scale commercial manufacturing. Most recently, automotive powerhouse Daimler AG revealed that it collaborated in the devel…
Additive manufacturing--also known as 3D printing--appears to be rapidly expanding beyond the maker movement to find a home in large-scale commercial manufacturing. Most rece… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/additive-manufacturing-moves-metals/

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