April 2015


Additive Manufacturing and Barriers to Business Growth

Entrepreneurs and small businesses drive innovation and job growth. Yet these same firms struggle to adopt additive manufacturing. Why is this the case? In a recent report, the Office of Advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) identified 11 barriers based on surveys and interviews. The SBA also proposes federal policies to help startups and smaller companies harness the power of 3D printing.

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The Future of 3D Printing

Why did it take so long for manufacturers to embrace 3D printing? The technology isn’t new. In fact, companies like 3D System and Starasys have been around for decades. Yes, there have been significant technological advances in terms of software, materials, and machines. But these great leaps forward are a function of something else. Bryan Dow of Mooreland Partners, a leading independent investment bank, may have the answer.

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Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 4/13/15

A joint proposal from Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester to create an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation has received a boost this week. Read about this and other top stories in this week’s manufacturing news update.

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Job Instability and the Manufacturing Skills Gap

The Manufacturing Institute recently joined the accounting firm Deloitte in crunching some numbers that may alarm manufacturing leaders. According to a study from the two organizations, U.S. employers will be unable to fill an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade. The reason, a lack of qualified applicants, shows that manufacturing’s “skills gap” is real.

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Will New York State Ban These Industrial Chemicals?

Safer States, an environmental health advocacy organization, is predicting that 28 U.S. states could change their laws about chemicals this year. Although the federal government maintains statutory authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, states can ban individual chemicals.

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STEM Students and Manufacturing’s Message

Manufacturing is changing, but popular perceptions of factory work are antiquated. Assembly lines and manual labor are being replaced by automation and analytics, yet many Americans seem unaware of these advances. For U.S. companies, misperceptions and a lack of information mean that manufacturing may not attract the skilled talent that it needs. For American students, missing out on manufacturing is a mistake.

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