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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/

Study: U.S. Manufacturers Trail Offshore Competitors on Innovation, Strategic Planning

U.S. manufacturers are falling behind offshore competitors when it comes to the breadth and formality of their innovation initiatives, according to a recent survey by accounting and consulting firm McGladrey.
Popular Discussions U.S. manufacturers are falling behind offshore competitors when it comes to the breadth and formality of their innovation initiatives, according to a recent … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/study-us-manufacturers-trail-offshore-competitors-innovation-strategic-planning/

Saving Manufacturing from the Fiscal Cliff: Recommendations for Washington

Following the special, open Manufacturing Leadership Council call on the Fiscal Cliff last week, the Council contacted the Obama Administration and the leadership of the House and Senate to communicate the Council's recommendations on key tax and spending…
Following the special, open Manufacturing Leadership Council call on the Fiscal Cliff last week, the Council contacted the Obama Administration and the leadership of the House and… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/saving-manufacturing-fiscal-cliff-recommendations-washington/

SMBs and the Digital Manufacturing Technology Gap

INDIANAPOLIS—There’s little doubt that digital manufacturing tools and technologies have made huge strides over the past 25 years or so. Tools such as Siemens PLM Software’s Tecnomatix products allow manufacturers, from within a single, consistent softwar…
INDIANAPOLIS—There’s little doubt that digital manufacturing tools and technologies have made huge strides over the past 25 years or so. Tools such as Siemens PLM Soft… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/smbs-and-digital-manufacturing-technology-gap/

Report: Drive Manufacturing Policy at the State, Local Level

A recent report from the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program make a strong case that government policies and programs aimed at supporting US manufacturing should be driven primarily at the state and local levels, with the federal government …
A recent report from the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program make a strong case that government policies and programs aimed at supporting US manufacturing should be … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-drive-manufacturing-policy-state-local-level/

Additive Manufacturing: Can It Bring Manufacturing Home?

Sometimes a new technology comes along, or reaches a critical stage of maturity, and then rapidly transforms an entire industry. The jet engine. The mobile phone. The electric car. There’s a long list. Additive manufacturing – a production technique usi…
Sometimes a new technology comes along, or reaches a critical stage of maturity, and then rapidly transforms an entire industry. The jet engine. The mobile phone. The electric … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/additive-manufacturing-can-it-bring-manufacturing-home/

Emerging Markets: What Works and What Doesn't?

Emerging markets such as China, Mexico, Brazil, and India will account for 58% of global growth between 2010 and 2015, according to a recent Deloitte projection. By contest, the G7 developed countries will account for only 32% of global growth over the sa…
Emerging markets such as China, Mexico, Brazil, and India will account for 58% of global growth between 2010 and 2015, according to a recent Deloitte projection. By contest, the G… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/emerging-markets-what-works-and-what-doesnt/

Though More Pessimistic, Manufacturers Will Keep Funding R&D, Capital Projects

Although senior US-based manufacturing executives have become considerably less optimistic about the prospects for the domestic economy over the past 12 months, they continue to push research and development and capital investments, apparently convinced t…
Although senior US-based manufacturing executives have become considerably less optimistic about the prospects for the domestic economy over the past 12 months, they continue to p… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/though-more-pessimistic-manufacturers-will-keep-funding-rd-c/

Manufacturers Intensify the Hunt for New, Breakthrough Materials

As rising commodity prices continue to drive the cost of critical materials through the roof, manufacturers are intensifying their efforts to discover new, lower-priced material alternatives. On today's Manufacturing Leadership Council Webcast on Game-Cha…
As rising commodity prices continue to drive the cost of critical materials through the roof, manufacturers are intensifying their efforts to discover new, lower-priced material a… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturers-intensify-hunt-new-breakthrough-materials/

Can China Move Up the Value Chain?

Can China become an engine of innovation, successfully competing with Western manufacturers in the race to invent breakthrough new products and create new markets? Should China even try? A couple of academics from Georgia Institute of Technology recently …
Can China become an engine of innovation, successfully competing with Western manufacturers in the race to invent breakthrough new products and create new markets? Should China ev… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-china-move-value-chain/

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