A Timbuk2 limited edition custom bag As we mentioned recently on this blog, it is commonly believed that much of U.S. manufacturing has moved overseas in search of cheaper manufacturing alternatives. And while it’s true that many companies outsource, we hear about...

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For small to mid-size businesses, manufacturing beautifully intricate product parts typically means contracting a supplier to do the job. But what if you were able to *print* your own parts in your own “home”? Some entrepreneurs are already doing it! Thanks to the advances in three-dimensional printing, your manufacturing...

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For years, “Made in the U.S.A.” implied “overpriced” to manufacturers and consumers alike. The pressure to reduce costs drove many manufacturers to seek less expensive offshoring alternatives to the seemingly more expensive domestic ones. Coupled with the fact that our economy hasn’t been...

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In late 2005, the North American robotics industry was a promising gateway to a more technologically advanced, more sophisticated manufacturing sector. At the time, manufacturers had impressively shipped 15,791 robots for close to $1 billion in the first nine months of that year. An article in Managing Automation...

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December can only mean one thing: holiday gift shopping. In the effort of constructing my own wish-list, I’ve spent the past few days browsing through a variety of unofficial guides denoting this year’s “must-have” gadgets and gifts. I am amazed at how incredibly sophisticated toys have become, but am...

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The revitalization of U.S. manufacturing is a top concern for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which is proposing a “comprehensive national strategy” to help jumpstart U.S. economic growth. Dubbed the Manufacturing Mandate, this strategy has six principles: Provide incentives and funding for innovation and research in new...

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High hopes for 2011!

Dec. 9, 2010

According to the results of the second annual ASQ Manufacturing Outlook Survey, 1,200 manufacturing personnel from the United States and Canada are optimistic about the economic prospects for the industry and their organizations in the new year. 68% of respondents predict revenue growth in 2011, compared to 64.7%...

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