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The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

Seven transformative forces are poised to change the fabric of manufacturing and drive economic prosperity in Europe.
Change is inevitable in manufacturing. The future of manufacturing is often defined by doing more with less, re-ordering the world to create more compact products, and re-aligning… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-manufacturing-europe/

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/

Creating a Nexus for Collaborative Innovation

What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborate and fail freely on the way to creating new things and ideas? That’s the concept behind New Lab,…
Popular Discussions What if you could create a physical space where out-of-the-box thinkers from a variety of engineering- and design-related disciplines could easily collaborat… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/creating-nexus-collaborative-innovation/

Learning from DARPA

What manufacturers can learn from DARPA's initiatives, plus a challenge.
Popular Discussions One of the best ways to avoid being surprised by strategic technology advances is to create surprises yourself—which is what the Defense Advanced Resea… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/learning-darpa/

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/

Fiber- and Textile-Focused Innovation Institute in the Works

The Obama Administration has announced plans to form a new manufacturing innovation institute that would develop advanced fibers and textiles that would be used in military, apparel, and other industries.
Popular Discussions The Obama Administration has announced plans to form a new manufacturing innovation institute that would develop advanced fibers and textiles that would be u… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/fiber-and-textile-focused-innovation-institute-works/

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/

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 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/

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/

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/

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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