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  • Apple adds vehicles to its list of company activities in Swiss legal filing

    03/02/2015 4:40:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland. The company’s lawyers added the following paragraph, reports Swiss site ApfelBlog. Vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods. It’s common to add catch-all terminology to company activities, so nothing should be read into the inclusion of ships and aircraft, though we’re sure there will be...
  • Engineer Creates a Unique 3D Metal Printer for Just $2 — Prints in Gold, Platinum, Iron & More

    02/28/2015 11:00:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    3D Print ^ | February 26, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    It isnÂ’t often that you come across new 3D printers that utilize an entirely new concept which hasnÂ’t been seen within this industry as of yet. With todayÂ’s technology, we are able to 3D print objects in hundreds of different materials, but when it comes to printing with metals, most of these machines are out our price ranges. 3D metal printers are mainly reserved for large corporations, as they come with price tags in excess of $250,000. However, as technology advances, we may one day soon be able to 3D print metal objects from the comfort of our own homes,...
  • Vermont to lose 3.4% of manufacturing jobs to EPA regs

    02/26/2015 7:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When you think of the downstream effects of the Obama administration’s EPA regulations, the first states which come to mind tend to be in coal country and what remains of the rust belt and manufacturing centers. That’s all true enough, but it seems that when the government puts its thumb on the scale, the ripples can be felt in ever widening circles. This includes what might be one of the last states you’d think of… Vermont. Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the...
  • Tech Developed to Make Graphene Batteries 10x Smaller, Same Strength

    02/22/2015 3:23:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    BusinessKorea ^ | February 2, 2015 | Jung Suk-yee
    A Korean research team has successfully developed a technology to make a sponge-like electrode material using graphene and a polymer, leading to a graphene battery. The newly-developed battery is ten times as small as existing ones, but can show the same product performance. A research team headed by Park Ho-seok, professor of the School of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University, announced on Feb. 1 that it has succeeded in developing a very porous graphene aerogel electrode material by combining polyvinyl alcohol and graphene. Studies on developing high-capacity and rapidly-chargeable batteries are underway worldwide. It is necessary to compress devices in...
  • 3HTi Signs Deal with MarkForged to Sell the Mark One 3D Printer (Carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass)

    02/22/2015 1:19:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3D Printing ^ | February 19, 2015 | TE Edwards
    The Mark One 3D printer from MarkForged caused a bit of a sensation last January when it was announced that it could extrude continuous fiber using the FFF process.The Mark One 3D printer, featuring a build volume of 320 x 132 x 160 mm, can print using carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, and nylon, and in doing so creates very strong parts. Now 3 HTi has announced they’ll be offering, through a partnership with the Cambridge, MA-based MarkForged, the Mark One 3D printer as one of the first companies authorized to sell the revolutionary technology. 3 HTi is a technology solutions...
  • Why It's Time to Bring Manufacturing Back Home to the U.S.

    02/07/2015 5:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 2, 2015 | Thomas Roemer
    In the last decade, we’ve lost millions of manufacturing jobs to outsourcing. According to U.S. News and World Report, there are now 5.1 million fewer American manufacturing jobs than in 2001. The lure of low wages, tax advantages, and other cost savings has made for a seemingly straightforward calculus, and manufacturer after manufacturer, supported by intricate spreadsheets, has abandoned ship, until offshoring has become the emerging mantra of the new millennium. U.S. companies that still manufactured locally have slowly become outliers. Interestingly, this dynamic now seems to be changing, as we’re beginning to see more manufacturing in the U.S. Total...
  • The rise of 'Made by China' in America

    02/06/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feburary 6, 2015 | Heesun Wee
    Later this year along the banks of the James River outside Richmond, Virginia, a paper products maker based in northeastern China will begin construction on a new U.S. manufacturing plant. The factory will churn the region's straw and corn stalks into household products including napkins, tissue and organic fertilizer—all marked "Made in the USA." Shandong Tranlin Paper's new U.S. factory is forecast to generate about 2,000 new jobs by 2020, and is the latest Chinese company to invest in American manufacturing. Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S. totaled $12 billion last year, topping $10 billion for the second year...
  • Manufacturing drops 3.4% in December, global demand falling

    02/03/2015 2:49:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For the fifth straight month, US manufacturing sector has slowed, according to the Department of Commerce. Overall orders for manufacturing dropped 3.4% in December, led by a steep drop in transportation. Even without that, orders fell by 2.3%, and the overall decline in November was adjusted downward to 1.7%: New orders for manufactured goods in December, down five consecutive months, decreased $16.4 billion or 3.4 percent to $471.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 1.7 percent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 2.3 percent. Shipments, down four of the last five months, decreased $5.3...
  • Manufacturing showing signs of sputtering

    02/02/2015 7:36:00 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Steve Goldstein
    Two measures of manufacturing sentiment in January matched their worst performance in a year, a sign that sputtering overseas growth as well as the rapid deterioration in commodity prices is hurting U.S. businesses. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index slowed to a reading of 53.5% from 55.1% in December, a reading that was below the MarketWatch-compiled consensus for a reading of 55%. U.S. stocks SPX, -0.41% moved lower in the immediate aftermath of the report. What has been good news for the U.S. consumer — tumbling gas prices — isn’t proving to be as good for U.S. business. That’s...
  • Middle-class manufacturing jobs? Not in California

    01/31/2015 11:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 24, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    It took far too long, but finally many state politicians are taking seriously Census Bureau reports that California is ground zero for American poverty. Once the high cost of living is factored in, the Golden State moves from the middle of the pack nationally to a clear number one, with nearly one-quarter of residents in a constant struggle to make ends meet. But with this harsh fact finally internalized, when will state leaders come to the parallel realization that having among the nation’s highest energy and real estate costs is also bad for the economy — and for job-seekers without...
  • Deere to cut more than 900 U.S. workers as farm economy weakens

    01/23/2015 1:35:11 PM PST · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 1/23/15 | Tom Polansek
    Deere & Co , the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery. The layoffs, which represent about 3 percent of Deere's workforce in the United States and Canada, are set to begin early next month, the company said in a statement. The cuts at facilities that build agricultural equipment reflect Deere's attempt "to align the size of its manufacturing workforce to market demand for products," according to...
  • AK-47s: Soon to be made in USA

    01/21/2015 10:57:00 AM PST · by grundle · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | January 20, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    An American gun company has found a way around the anti-Russia sanctions that have banned imports of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: Make them here, in the U.S.A. The U.S.-made gun will have same name as the original: AK-47, arguably the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world. The gun will be made by American company RWC, which is the official importer and distributor of Kalashnikov AK-47s. The company had to stop importing the guns after the U.S. imposed sanctions in July against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. RWC said it is not permitted to have any contact...
  • You Won’t Believe Where They’re Building 80% of the World’s PC Chips

    01/19/2015 7:38:53 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-17-2015 | Money morning
    January 17, 2015 Money Morning Michael A. Robinson writes: This year, 80% of the chips for new PCs will be produced in Silicon Valley… Taiwan… China‘s Shenzhen Province… South Korea… Wrong on all counts. More and more of today’s chipmakers locating their manufacturing facilities a bit off the beaten path these days – in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies… and a nation that some of you may find controversial. But my job is to take you wherever the biggest innovations are being made so that we can find the biggest opportunities. So, today I’m going to show you exactly...
  • Manufacturing Renaissance Hype: Questionable Manufacturing Revival

    01/19/2015 2:42:11 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 17 replies
    Barron's (subscription) ^ | January 17, 2015 | Robin Goldwyn Blumenthal
    All the talk we hear about a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. is just that — all talk. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." As Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the foundation and a co-author of the report, says, "A lot of what's in the news [about a revival] is based on anecdotes; there's very little real data." A look at job and factory numbers between 2007 and 2013 should put to rest any thoughts about a...
  • Survey: Texas manufacturers worried about oil price slide

    12/30/2014 5:36:50 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joshua Cain
    Texas manufacturers are worried about what plummeting oil prices could mean for business in 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ monthly survey. Dallas Fed data showed that manufacturing activity increased in December even as demand moderated. The Texas production index, a measure of the state’s manufacturing climate, increased from six to 15.6 since November, the Dallas Fed said. But other measures showed that demand slowed: the new orders index fell from 5.6 to 1.3; and the survey’s composite index, expected to come in at 9, missed the mark at 4.1. Several manufacturing executives expressed pessimism over how...
  • Why 'Buy Local' Is Really Bad Economics

    12/30/2014 5:33:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/30/2014 | By Brian Brenberg & Chris Horst
    Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign is the latest effort by multinational companies to de-emphasize their global reach. By replacing the logo on its cans with colloquialisms and common names in markets it serves, one of the world's most recognizable brands is hoping to look and feel a bit more "local."Coke's marketing strategy is just one example of companies responding to growing public sentiment that buying local is synonymous with doing good. Indeed, more than 150 groups representing more than 30,000 U.S. businesses are promoting ‘buy local' campaigns with slogans like "Don't Buy from Strangers, Buy from Neighbors." Of course, suspicion...
  • Researchers 3 Years Away from Commercializing Pure Graphene 3D Printers

    12/24/2014 8:36:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    3D Print ^ | December 24, 2014 | Heidi Milkert
    As we’ve mentioned so many times in past articles, the convergence of additive manufacturing and the ‘miracle material’ graphene could have major ramifications for dozens of industries over the next several years. Because of this, researchers and companies are spending a great deal of time and money figuring out the best methods to 3D print graphene. A group of researchers, led by Seol Seung-kwon at the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute’s Nano Hybrid Technology Research Center (KERI) are at the forefront of this research. As we mentioned last month, KERI, a unit under the Ministry of Finance in South Korea, recently...
  • Industrial Production Explodes In November

    12/15/2014 7:08:00 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 12-15-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland December 15, 2014Industrial production had a huge rebound in November. Industrial production rose 1.3% in November according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Expectations were for the report to show industrial production rose by 0.7% in November, better than October's 0.1% contraction. October's number was revised up to 0.1% from -0.1%. Capacity utilization also rose sharply, to 80.1% from a revised reading of 79.3%. Capacity utilization was expected to rise, to 79.4% from 78.9%. This rate of capacity utilization is now equal to its long-run average spanning 1972-2013 and hit its highest level since March 2008....
  • Making Innovation

    12/04/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by DannyTN · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 16, 2014 | Nanette Byrnes
    The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise. ... Second, the idea popularized in the 1990s and 2000s that innovation can happen in one place (say, Silicon Valley) while manufacturing happens in another (such as China) is not broadly sustainable. If all the manufacturing is happening in China, these networks are growing there, meaning eventually all the innovation—or at least a lot of it—will be happening there too. ... Without manufacturing, “we lose capabilities in the workforce,” says Harvard’s Shih. “It limits what you are able to do...
  • 3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

    11/24/2014 9:14:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Engadget ^ | November 23, 2014 | Jon Fingas
    You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers recently solved this problem, however. They've found a way to make quantum dot LEDs (and thus semiconductors) using only a 3D printer. The scientists choose printable electrodes, polymers and semiconductors, which are dissolved in solvents to keep them from damaging underlying layers during the printing process; after that, the team uses...
  • House to Vote This Week On Scalise Bill to Boost Manufacturing and Create More American Jobs

    11/24/2014 1:12:07 PM PST · by cp124 · 6 replies
    Energy & Commerce Commitee ^ | 11/24/2014 | cp124
    House to Vote This Week On Scalise Bill to Boost Manufacturing and Create More American Jobs November 17, 2014 “This bill takes critical steps toward cutting red tape, reviving our country’s manufacturing base, and creating tens of thousands of jobs for hard-working Americans.” – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise America is blessed with affordable energy, and this abundance has helped ignite a powerful manufacturing renaissance that is bringing much needed jobs and investment back to the United States. But in order for the U.S. to take full advantage of this opportunity, it is critical that we have the right policies...
  • First China-Made Plane Coming To U.S. Skies

    11/17/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2014 | Gordon Chang
    On Tuesday, on the eve of China’s 10th Zhuhai Airshow, California-based Coptervision placed an order for 20 Y-12s, a 19-seat turboprop. “This purchase marks the first time for any Chinese-made planes to enter an advanced market, and the U.S. has the highest standards, so this testifies to the achievement of Chinese aircraft manufacturing,” said Li Xianzhe of Avicopter to the South China Morning Post. Avicopter is the general aviation subsidiary of the Y-12’s manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corp. of China. Four of the Coptervision orders are for the Y-12F. This model, the most recent version of the Chinese workhorse, has not...
  • Robocall to 100 Ford workers: 'You're fired'

    11/04/2014 1:32:53 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    nwi timed ^ | 11-3-2014
    Nearly 100 workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant got a robocall on Halloween telling them their services were no longer needed and they were terminated. It wasn't a trick or a morbid prank. Dozens of workers missed the call or didn't believe it, so they showed up to work Saturday anyway, according to an autoworker who wished to remain anonymous. They found their ID badges had been disabled and were told by security they had been fired. "As part of our normal business process, we've temporarily adjusted our workforce numbers at Chicago Assembly Plant," Ford Motor Co. said in a...
  • China manufacturing falls to 5-month low

    11/02/2014 3:35:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov 1, 2014
    China manufacturing falls to 5-month low By MarketWatch Published: Nov 1, 2014 9:45 a.m. ET BEIJING--A gauge of China's manufacturing activity fell to a five-month low in October, despite a series of government support measures aimed at aiding growth, suggesting that more help may be needed to boost the world's second largest economy. Analysts said factory data released Saturday kicked off the fourth quarter of the year on a surprisingly weak note and revealed particular problems among smaller and midsize companies.
  • Survey shows manufacturing moving from China to US (reshoring)

    10/23/2014 5:41:10 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 23 October 2014 | Veronica Smith
    Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group. After watching the US bleed jobs for years as manufacturers offshored production to China, "now we're watching a switchback," Harold Sirkin, a co-author of the BCG research, told AFP. More than 70 percent cited better access to skilled labor as a reason to move production to the US, more than four times as many who cited it for moving production away from the US. For goods that would be sold in the US, nearly 80 percent gave...
  • Innocent Veteran Headed to Prison on Gun Manufacturing Charges?

    10/07/2014 6:26:01 PM PDT · by PatriotWriter · 15 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 10-6-14 | Priscilla Jones
    Firearms Expert / Air Force Veteran convicted of embezzlement / manufacturing and dealing firearms speaks out days before his Oct. 9 sentencing. A Congressional inquiry has been opened into the Air Force Office of Special Investigation’s mishandling of the case. The existence of a separate Air Force Inspector General investigation into the lead investigator’s tactics was withheld from both judge and jury during the trial, a direct violation of the law. The Sig Sauer Academy director was slated to be the star witness for the defense but was prevented from testifying by a slick prosecutorial trick. EXCLUSIVE STORY: http://benswann.com/exclusive-air-force-veteran-and-firearms-expert-convicted-of-manufacturing-weapons-speaks-out/
  • Boeing VP rips Congress over Ex-Im Bank

    10/01/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    A top Boeing official criticized Congress on Tuesday for failing to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. He also argued that an extension of the Bank’s charter until next summer leaves supporters in a worse position than they were in before. “Mostly far-right political consultants, think tanks and congressmen banded together in a fit of ideological road rage to kill the bank,” Boeing senior vice president Timothy Keating said in prepared remarks at an aerospace conference in Everett, Wash. “The temporary extension recently enacted in many respects leaves us worse off than before,” Keating continued. “The extension is...
  • Will Nissan Abandon Its $1.4B Stimulus-Backed Battery Factory?

    09/30/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    Reuters sources inside Nissan are saying the production of batteries inTennessee for the all-electric Leaf, which stimulus-subsidizing U.S. taxpayers backed with a $1.4 billion loan, could be eliminated. According to the report, at minimum there is sharp debate over whether the company will continue to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in-house or contract with an outside supplier. Nissan partner Renault, which has 43.4 percent shareholder ownership in the joint company, is said to be pushing for outsourcing battery production – possibly to LG Chem. None who revealed the information were identified for the Reuters story. “We set out to be...
  • Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state

    09/29/2014 4:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | By Andrea Shalal and Alwyn Scott
    Boeing on Monday said it would move most of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region. The changes are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area. The transition could take three years to complete. Boeing would shift as many affected workers as possible to the company's...
  • Finally, The US Manufacturing Renaissance Is Happening

    09/29/2014 6:37:57 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 9-29-2014 | Ed Yardeni
    Ed Yardeni, Dr. Ed's Blog September 29, 2014 Over the past few years, there has been lots of buzz about the coming manufacturing renaissance in the US. The central concept is that plentiful and cheap natural gas will convince manufacturers to expand or to move production to the US to cut their energy costs. Labor is still cheaper overseas, but it isn’t as expensive as it once was in the US. Besides, the IT revolution has increased factory productivity with more automation, including robots and the “Internet of Things.” The recent strength in the dollar could be a spoiler if...
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • Does Regulation = Unemployment?

    09/23/2014 6:31:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Contrary to what public administration profs tell you, everybody pays the cost of regulation and the unemployed may pay most heavily in lost jobs in exchange for rather murky benefits. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a report, “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” slamming the Obama administration for burdensome regulations imposed by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulatory agencies In his foreword, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that the average American company pays $9,991 per employee to comply with federal rules and regulations and the average...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • Looking for CrowdFunding Advice

    09/15/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by lafroste · 37 replies
    9/15/14 | lafroste
    Does anyone here have any experience with crowd funding? In order to finish the development of my new product, I need to raise approximately $65,000 to finish, prototype, and produce an initial product run of 100 units. I have already built the entire machine, minus the magnetics necessary to power it. I would like to try crowdfunding since I cannot find any other venues for funding. Does anyone have suggestions or experiences with this strategy? Thanks for any advice received!
  • Should Stratasys be Worried? London Man is Developing a Polymer Jetting 3D Printer for Under $2000

    09/10/2014 7:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 9, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    There are two 3D printing technologies that are capable of producing products that are almost indistinguishable from those created using traditional manufacturing techniques. These would be Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Polymer Jetting technology. The former is widely used by 3D Systems in their industrial level machines, which can cost in the $500,000+ range. The latter is currently used by Stratasys in their patented PolyJet technology, which is utilized in most of their industrial level 3D printers. These printers also cost in the 6-figure-plus range. While these 3D printing technologies are some of the best out there, the price tags...
  • Dow closing Findlay plant after 55 years (Ohio, 70 jobs gone)

    09/09/2014 5:03:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Courier ^ | September 9, 2014 | Lou Wilin
    Dow Chemical Co. will close its Findlay plant, which employs 70, in mid-December, the company reported Monday. The 400,000-square-foot factory at 3441 N. Main St. manufactures plastic films used in construction, automotive, packaging, and medical uses and products. “Decisions of this kind are difficult. Dow has been proud to operate in Findlay and the company appreciates the dedication our Findlay employees have demonstrated during our 55 years as a part of this community,” said Brian Brown, production and site leader for Dow Chemical in Findlay. “Dow is committed to … supporting our employees during this transition.” No further details about...
  • Mexico Is the New Detroit; Forbes Credits NAFTA

    09/08/2014 7:04:50 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 21 replies
    New American ^ | 09/08/2014 | Bob Adelmann
    In a burst of unwarranted enthusiasm, Forbes magazine’s international automotive analyst, Joann Muller, announced gleefully that the rise of the auto-making business in Mexico represented not only more bad news for Detroit, but was the result of “wise trade policies south of the border.” In the promotion for her article, Muller asked rhetorically: “Washington, are you listening?” She concluded that, if those trade policies, better known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), work so well for Mexico, Washington should do more of it for the United States. Not a single word in her lengthy article was devoted to...
  • Electrolux to Buy GE Appliances Business for $3.3 Billion

    09/08/2014 12:47:59 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 09/08/2014 | Jens Hansegard and James R. Hagerty
    Electrolux AB has agreed to pay $3.3 billion to acquire General Electric Co.'s appliances business, a move that would put the Swedish group head-to-head with Whirlpool Corp. at the top of the U.S. market for white goods. The deal is the largest ever by Electrolux and comes amid consolidation among makers of stoves, dishwashers and washing machines. Whirlpool agreed to pay more than $1 billion this summer to acquire a majority stake in Italian company Indesit Co. , a purchase that would roughly double Whirlpool's business in Europe. Electrolux shares surged 5.1% in Stockholm on news of the deal.
  • Philips Brand Uses Pure Tungsten for Metal 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

    09/04/2014 5:58:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Inside 3DP ^ | September 4, 2014 | Shanie Phillips
    Tungsten is an extremely hard, robust rare metal that has the highest melting point of all the elements, at 3422 °C (6192 °F). It also has a density that is 19.3 times that of water and about 1.7 times that of lead, which makes it comparable to uranium and gold. And now, a Philips-owned company is 3D printing it. Netherlands-based Smit Röntgen, a medical imaging parts manufacturer, has used Direct Metal Laser Sintering to 3D print tungsten parts. The company began researching the potential of 3D printing tungsten as a business opportunity over a decade ago and announced on Monday...
  • US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3 1/2 years

    09/02/2014 11:41:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SFGate ^ | 09/02/2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing. Tuesday's ISM report coincides with other signs that manufacturing is helping drive the U.S. economy's improvement. Factories are benefiting from strong demand for aircraft, furniture, and steel and other metals. The boost from manufacturing has helped offset slower...
  • Why Is It So Hard for Employers to Fill These Jobs?

    08/24/2014 6:54:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 178 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 23, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    America has a deficit of workers. Willing workers. Capable workers. Skilled, or at least semi-skilled workers, who can do a job and do it well. There are at least one million jobs that go begging day after day if only employers could find workers to fill them. This probably seems hard-to-believe. After all, how can America have a worker shortage when we have about 18 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? When the real unemployment rate is 12 percent? Well certainly the economy isn’t creating nearly as many jobs as it should – in large part because of regulatory...
  • Remington to layoff 105 by week's end (Due to NY SAFE Act, business conditions)

    08/24/2014 3:35:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Herkimer Telegram ^ | August 18, 2014 | Stephanie Sorrell-White
    ILION — Herkimer County officials vowed to help affected Remington Arms employees Monday afternoon as news spread the gun manufacturer will layoff more than 100 of its employees by the end of the week. Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono said he learned about the 105 layoffs through county Administrator James Wallace and then from Karin Zipko of Herkimer County Working Solutions. “We're gearing up our programs that are offered, including retraining and job searches,” said Bono, R-Schuyler, during a telephone interview Monday. “It's unclear whether some will be called back. That's unknown.” “It's unfortunate,” added Bono about the layoffs,...
  • First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More

    08/23/2014 2:35:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Building site of the first ever 3D printed estate in Gardiner, New York. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico DiniÂ’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints. We have covered a lot of news concerning the 3D printing of houses, over the course of the last year or so. Whether...
  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

    08/14/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2014 4:20 PM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux released a statement Thursday that it was in discussions to buy the business from GE, which is based in Fairfield, Connecticut. …
  • Nestlé To Relocate Chatsworth Hot Pockets Facility To Kentucky

    08/06/2014 3:03:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 6, 2014 8:31 AM | Margaret Carrero
    CHATSWORTH (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of Angelenos could soon be out of work after Nestlé USA announced it will relocate a Hot Pockets facility in Chatsworth back east. KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports the 184,000-square-foot production facility in the 9600 block of Canoga Avenue has been making the popular snacks since 1988 The Glendale-based Nestlé USA will move the Chatsworth operation to another facility in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where the company will invest $13 million and hire 150 new employees locally as the operation converts to a round-the-clock schedule, officials announced. Approximately 360 employees will be impacted by the closure, but...
  • Retro Populator Turns Your 3D Printer Into an Electronics Manufacturer

    08/04/2014 12:29:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 3, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    When will 3D Printers be able to build electronic devices from the ground up? ThatÂ’s a question many within the 3D printing space have been pondering for some time. Some experts feel as though it is only a decade away, while others think it could be a lot longer. Without a doubt, when this happens, it will change the world in ways that we could never imagine. Close your eyes and think about all the electronic devices that you use on a daily basis. There are smartphones, TVs, PCs, home lighting, automobile key fobs, and the list goes on. Now...
  • Boeing to build 787-10 in North Charleston

    07/30/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 30 replies
    The Post and Courier (South Carolina) ^ | 30 July 2014 | Warren L. Wise
    Boeing will build the 787-10 Dreamliner exclusively in North Charleston, the Chicago-based aerospace giant announced Wednesday. The 787-10 is the largest of the Dreamliner family and the announcement of its construction at the North Charleston site has been expected for months. Design of the 787-10 is underway in Everett, with final assembly of the first 787-10 scheduled to begin in South Carolina in 2017. "We looked at all our options and found the most efficient and effective solution is to build the 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina," said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes....
  • Tesla's Battery Factory Could be Great for a Bankrupt California

    07/29/2014 7:51:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2014 | Matthee Debord
    Based on reports that have emerged over the past few weeks, it looks like California is back in the running as a location for Tesla's Gigfactory — a massive facility that will build the advanced lithium-ion batteries needed to get the electric carmaker to the next level. Nevada, Texas, New Mexico — these were the states that appeared to be in a better position to become the Gigafactory's home than California.But there's been some chatter about Elon Musk and his company potentially taking over an old U.S. Navy facility near San Francisco. And now, according to the Los Angeles Times'...
  • Hurco files for hybrid CNC 3D printer adapter patent

    07/24/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Design Engineering ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mike McLeod
    CNC firm’s 3D printing adapter to combine additive and subtractive processes in one machine. CNC machine maker, Hurco, announced that it recently filed a U.S. patent application for a new technology that combines 3D printing and CNC machining. According to the company, it has developed an additive manufacturing adapter that will allow Hurco machines to 3D print directly. “We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary Hurco control software, effectively turns a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer,” said Gregory Volovic, President of Hurco Companies, Inc. “With this new additive manufacturing capability, users may go from...
  • Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee

    07/22/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/22/14 | David Sherfinski
    Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws. General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state. “While we were able in the Maryland...