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  • Stanley Furniture Closing Robbinsville Plant (North Carolina)

    04/02/2014 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Woodworking Network ^ | April 1, 2014
    HIGH POINT, NC - Stanley Furniture Company, Inc. today reported it will cease domestic furniture production in the factory that supports its Young America brand. “We have a healthy Stanley business that is making money. It is supported by a wonderful heritage, strong product in the field and future pipeline, and we are looking forward to the prospects of focusing our team solely on the growth and profitability of this brand in the short-term” “We have decided to cease manufacturing operations in Robbinsville,” said Glenn Prillaman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “After a thorough review of both our own operations...
  • Study: ‘War on Coal’ will hit Wisconsin manufacturing hardest

    03/29/2014 7:10:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-27-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Of all the national casualties expected from the Obama administration’s “War on Coal,” manufacturers in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District could be hit the hardest. That’s the finding of a new analysis, published by the conservative Heritage Foundation, that tracks the long-term economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions — strict standards that, industry officials assert, would all but kill construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing facilities into early retirement. Energy expert Nicolas Loris analyzed the effects of a 20-year phase-out of coal. His study projects significant job loss...
  • Unions Request a "Do-Over" in Failed Chattanooga Union Vote

    03/11/2014 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What do you do when a union vote doesn’t go your way? Well, if you are the United Auto Workers union, you ask for a “re-do”. The UAW has asked the National Labor Relations Board to reconsider their failed attempt to unionize Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, because… Well because they think it was unfair that anti-union voices were allowed to make their case on TV, highway billboards, and newspaper columns. In other words: the UAW feels they were unfairly outgunned by free-speech. According to the Wall Street Journal: The UAW has filed an election objection with the labor board alleging...
  • The magic of 3-D printing: Technology promises to amaze, challenge us

    03/08/2014 4:58:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 8, 2014 | Roy Wenzl
    If you think life changed after the Internet emerged, wait until you see what’s coming next. Tech people say three-dimensional printing will create the next wave of joys and frustrations, job creation and job loss. In five to 10 years, 3-D printers will be all around us, they predict. The printers will make food, including customized wedding cakes. They will make shoes, clothes, aircraft parts, dresses, steaks, replacement bones and eventually even replacement kidneys. If you find that bit about the kidney hard to believe, Google a company called Organovo. The printers might make outsourcing jobs to China, India and...
  • Chinese Exports Collapse Leading To 2nd Largest Trade Deficit On Record

    03/07/2014 10:31:28 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 74 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 7, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Plenty of excuses out there for this evening's collosal miss in Chinese exports (-18.1% YoY vs an expectation of a 7.5% rise) mainly based on timing issues over the Lunar New Year (but didn't the 45 economists who forecast this data know the dates before they forecast?) This is a 6-sigma miss and plunges China's trade balance to its biggest miss on record and 2nd largest deficit on record. Combining Jan and Feb data (i.e. smoothing over the holiday), exports are still down 1.6% YoY - not good for the much-heralded global recovery. Exports to the rest of the BRICs...
  • Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production

    03/08/2014 12:55:51 AM PST · by rawhide · 17 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 3-7-14 | By Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher
    Boeing Co said on Friday that "hairline cracks" had been discovered in the wings of about 40 787 Dreamliners that are in production, marking another setback for the company's newest jet. The cracks have not been found on planes that are in use by airlines and therefore posed no safety risk, Boeing said, adding the problem also will not alter Boeing's plans to deliver 110 787s this year. Wing-maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd notified Boeing in February of the problem, which arose after the Japanese company altered its manufacturing process. He added that the manufacturing change was probably aimed at...
  • EPA’s Climate Regulations Will Harm American Manufacturing

    03/07/2014 4:12:40 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 35 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 4, 2014 | Nicolas Loris and Filip Jolevski
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming climate change regulations for new and existing electricity generating units have been appropriately labeled the “war on coal,”[1] because the proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions would essentially prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing ones into early retirement. However, the casualties will extend well beyond the coal industry, hurting families and businesses and taking a significant toll on American manufacturing across the nation. Congress should stop the EPA and all other federal agencies from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Driving Energy Prices Up, Economic Activity Down...
  • If everything was free: the economics of abundance (Utopian Laff Riot, But Thought-Provoking)

    03/05/2014 9:49:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Kaleo, the independent student newspaper of the University of Hawai'i ^ | March 5, 2014 | Roman Kalinowski, Senior Staff Writer
    Imagine going online and, with a single click, printing out any physical object. With a miniature production plant in every home, there would be no need for retail stores, factories, shipping or the pollution associated with those activities. Large-scale automation of a huge segment of the workforce, combined with free worldwide-Internet, 3D printing and renewable off-grid energy will free humanity to achieve anything without worrying about basic material needs. FREE WIFI FOR ALL In the next few years, everyone on the planet with a wireless device will likely have access to high speed, uncensored Internet. A futuristic project spearheaded by...
  • In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture

    02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 26, 2014 | Drew Prindle
    Back when 3D printing was just kicking off, there was much talk of a future where people could download new furniture designs, print them, and furnish their living rooms with new pieces whenever they pleased. But despite the fact that 3D printing your own furniture is totally possible now, it hasn’t really caught on for one simple reason – nobody wants to fill their house with a bunch of snap-together plastic furniture. But the dream of printing your own furnishings isn’t dead yet. A fledgling company by the name of 4 AXYZ has developed a process that allows you...
  • Nikki Haley: Unions Aren't Welcome In South Carolina

    02/23/2014 1:36:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    <p>South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t mince words when she spoke about unions at an automotive conference in Greenville this week. The state loves its manufacturing jobs from BMW, Michelin and Boeing and welcomes more, she explained, but not if they’re bringing a unionized workforce with them.</p>
  • New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

    02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto
    Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of...
  • China’s Common Core

    02/18/2014 7:37:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    <p>Although we often hear about how China is in hot economic competition with the U. S., we don’t hear as frequently how eerily similar their education system is to ours. “The Chinese government has always been concerned about being outmaneuvered” by its opponents and as a result, their history books are “not even 5% correct” and “children grow up with a certain view of the world and of China,” author Timothy Beardson said at the Cato Institute on February 6, 2014.</p>
  • Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, employ about 2,000 in Huntsville

    02/15/2014 8:18:13 PM PST · by boycott · 35 replies
    al.com ^ | 02/15/2014 | Steve Doyle
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a plant to make and develop weapons in Huntsville that could employ about 2,000 workers, sources have confirmed to AL.com. The deal is set to be announced Monday at a special meeting of the Huntsville City Council, though sources said there may be a news conference prior to the meeting. Huntsville and Madison County elected officials declined to comment when contacted about the deal this morning. Officials with Remington Outdoor did not immediately return requests for comment Gov. Robert Bentley did not directly confirm the reports about Remington, but told AL.com...
  • 10 Crazy Things 3D Printers Can Make Today

    02/14/2014 9:45:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | February 14, 2014 | Lauren Orsini
    Never underestimate the power of human ingenuity paired with a machine that can print almost anything. It’s been over 30 years since Chuck Hull invented the first 3D printer in 1983. Ever since then, the idea of machine-printing objects from scratch has gone from fiction to reality, opening up new opportunities for every field from science to art. 3D printing may not be quite there yet, but in three decades the technology has progressed leaps and bounds in terms of the scope and utility of 3D-printed objects. Surprise, surprise: It's not just gimmicks and toys. It’s easy to be skeptical...
  • Could nanoprinting kick-start a world of versatile home manufacturing?

    02/10/2014 8:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2014 | Michele Catanzaro
    Nanoparticle inks can turn your existing 2D printer into a circuit board production line – and the possibilities for 3D printers are mind-boggling. Printing foldable mobile phones on a sheet of paper from a normal 2D printer is just a decade away, according to Jürgen Steimle, head of the Embodied Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany. Steimle and his colleagues took a step towards this in 2013, when they used a standard printer loaded with nanoparticle ink to print a paper circuit that works even after the sheet is torn. In the past couple...
  • 3D printing huge objects will impact the world economy not small hobbyist crap

    02/08/2014 12:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Next Big Future blog ^ | February 7, 2014 | Brian Wang
    China is investing heavily in 3D printing, just like those in the U.S. and Europe. In June, China announced a gigantic 3D printer, which they claimed was the world’s largest at the time, with a 1.8 meter build diameter. Basically the thing could print out a nice sized bathroom vanity if you wanted it to. Southern Fan Co. (As Translated from Chinese), is completing a printer this month which will be able to print out metal objects approximately 6 meters, or 18 feet in diameter and 10 meters long (33 feet). The metal parts can weigh up to 300 tons....
  • New Project to Convert Laser Hot-Wire Welding Process into High-Output, 3-D Manufacturing Process

    02/07/2014 3:48:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    AZoM ^ | February 7, 2014 | Staff
    Case Western Reserve University, in alliance with the Lincoln Electric Co. and a group of business partners, has been selected to lead a project to convert the laser hot-wire welding process developed by Lincoln Electric into a high-output, three-dimensional additive manufacturing process. The $700,000 project is among 15 recently announced by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, which is spearheading next-generation manufacturing technologies based on 3-D printing. The projects are winners of America Makes' second round of funding. Researchers and business partners developing the new 3-D process aim for a quick conversion. "The goal is to...
  • The next industrial revolution will be (self) organised

    02/05/2014 7:45:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Engineer ^ | February 5, 2014 | Stephen Harris
    Everyone seems to have a different idea about what will spark the next industrial revolution: 3D printing, more sophisticated robots and even renewable energy have all been put forward as potential progenitors. The German vision of the future of manufacturing, as laid out at a talk this week at the Royal Academy of Engineering, is somewhat more complicated and extensive. Proposed by a government-backed working group of Germany’s top industrial companies, “Industry 4.0” envisages a world of self-organising smart factories where manufacturing machines talk to each other, to their products and to other links in the supply chain to make...
  • [Boeing] 787 assembly problems in Charleston drag on Everett

    02/04/2014 5:25:25 PM PST · by steve86 · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/4/2014 | Dominic gates
    Boeing is struggling to complete 787 fuselage sections in South Carolina since a production rate increase, and sections are arriving in Everett more unfinished and problematic than before. Since late last year, Boeing 787 Dreamliner fuselage sections from North Charleston, S.C., have arrived at the Everett final assembly line seriously incomplete with wiring and hydraulics lines missing, according to multiple sources in the factory. The poorly done work out of Charleston threatens to undermine the company’s plans to deliver 10 Dreamliners a month and fulfill the much-delayed jet program’s original promise. “It’s snowballing. The planes are getting worse out of...
  • Dude, "It's Going To Be A Bloodbath": Newly Private Dell Computers To Fire 15,000

    02/03/2014 1:22:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/03/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Curious why Michael Dell was so eager to take the company he founded private? So he could do stuff like this without attracting too much attention. According to the Channel Register, the recently LBOed company is "starting the expected huge layoff program this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000." Of course, with a private sponsor in charge of the recently public company, the only thing that matters now is maximizing cash flows in an environment of falling PC sales, a commoditisation of the server market and a perceived need to better serve enterprises with their ever-increasing mobile...
  • Beretta USA Chooses Tennessee for New Factory

    01/30/2014 7:51:18 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/29/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 29th, Beretta USA officials joined with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) to announce the firearm manufacturer will be opening its new plant in Gallatin, TN. Beretta had been looking for a location for its new facility after deciding to leave Maryland over the draconian gun laws that state implemented in spring 2013.
  • Beretta USA Plans $45 Million Manufacturing Plant-Research Center In Gallatin, Tennessee

    01/29/2014 3:52:47 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 21 replies
    Area Development Online ^ | 1/29/2014 | Unknown
    A global manufacturer of high-quality sporting and military firearms, Beretta USA will invest $45 million to expand its U.S. operations by building a firearms manufacturing plant and research and development facility in the Gallatin, Tennessee, Industrial Park. The firm expects to create 300 jobs. “From the moment when we started to consider a location outside of the State of Maryland for our manufacturing expansion, Governor Haslam and his economic development team did an excellent job demonstrating the benefits of doing business in Tennessee. We are convinced we could find no better place than Tennessee to establish our new manufacturing enterprise....
  • New 3D Printer by MarkForged Can Print With Carbon Fiber

    01/28/2014 1:44:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 27, 2014 | Alexandra Chang
    Gregory Mark co-owns Aeromotions, which builds computer-controlled racecar wings. To make those wings both strong and lightweight, they use carbon fiber. No surprise there—it's the material of choice for many advanced motorsports parts. The problem is that making custom racecar parts out of carbon fiber is daunting. The only real method available is CNC machining, an expensive and difficult process that requires laying pieces by hand. To improve the process, Mark looked to 3D printing. But nothing on the market could print the material, and no available materials could print pieces strong enough for his purposes. So Mark devised his...
  • Obama to visit West Mifflin steel plant on Wednesday

    01/27/2014 7:15:40 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 27, 2014
    Officials said President Barack Obama will visit a western Pennsylvania steel plant after delivering this week's State of the Union address. A White House spokesman said Sunday that the president will travel to U.S. Steel's Irvin plant in West Mifflin on Wednesday to deliver remarks on the economy. The company said the Irvin plant produces sheet metal products from the steel slabs produced at the Edgar Thomson plant in Braddock. Obama will also be visiting the Washington suburbs of Prince George's County, Md. on Wednesday and will go to Milwaukee and Nashville on Thursday.
  • Boeing hiring in South Carolina as it raises 787 production

    01/22/2014 5:24:34 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014
    Boeing Co is hiring contract workers at its factory in South Carolina as it boosts output of the 787 Dreamliner and seeks to avoid manufacturing issues linked to the production increase, according to people familiar with the situation. Boeing confirmed on Wednesday that it is hiring at the facility but declined to provide details. The company was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that said the aircraft maker is adding about 300 contract mechanics and inspectors at its North Charleston facility. The Journal said the contractors were needed in part to avoid production issues with 787 body sections made...
  • Researchers aim to revolutionize 3D printing, global manufacturing

    01/17/2014 1:49:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Computerworld ^ | January 17, 2014 | Sharon Gaudin
    One day a 3D printer, using a mix of materials, will be able to create body armor for U.S. soldiers that is more lightweight and stronger than anything could be made with traditional manufacturing and materials today. That's the word from researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who are working to revolutionize 3D printing, as well as the way that companies build products ranging from jet engines and satellites to football helmets. Scientists at the laboratory, a federally funded center in Livermore, Calif., that focuses on national security research, are working on architecting new materials to be used in...
  • 1,687,000 Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than 6 Years Ago

    01/13/2014 1:30:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2014 - 12:37 PM | Ali Meyer
    Although the number of people who had jobs in the United States increased by 143,000 from November to December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that still left 1,687,000 fewer Americans holding jobs than held jobs six years ago in December 2007—the month the last recession began. In November, 144,443,000 Americans were employed, said BLS. In December, 144,586,000 held jobs—representing a one-month increase of 143,000. In fact, the 144,586,000 Americans who had jobs this December was still 1,384,000 less than the 145,970,000 who held jobs seven years ago in December 2006. However, the 144,586,000 Americans who had jobs in...
  • Gathering Strength For U.S. Manufacturing: Whirlpool Moves Production Of Washers To Ohio From Mexico

    01/09/2014 7:31:06 AM PST · by bigbob · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12-23-13 | Dan Bigman
    A bit more good news for American manufacturing as Whirlpool announced it would move its commercial washing-machine production from Mexico to the United States. According to a press release, Whirlpool will shift production of its commercial front-load machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio. At 2.4 million square feet, the Clyde plant is the largest washing-machine factory in the world. Operations are due to begin in April, 2014. The Wall Street Journal first reported the story. Whirlpool said the relocation will make the company more efficient, since 90% of the commercial machines are sold in the U.S. (the rest are...
  • Colorado Dems blamed for $80M punch to gut with Magpul pulling up stakes

    01/05/2014 6:45:09 PM PST · by gooblah · 20 replies
    Bizpacreview ^ | January 5, 2014
    Thanks to the gun control blitzkrieg led by Democratic lawmakers last year, Colorado is about to take a hit in the wallet in the midst of an already anemic economy, and lose hundreds of private-sector jobs at a time when they can least afford it.
  • Why factory jobs may be returning to America

    01/02/2014 8:56:06 PM PST · by ckilmer · 31 replies
          Why factory jobs may be returning to America What 2014 could bring after years of losing manufacturing jobs to low-cost Asia by Tamsin McMahon on Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:00am - 11 Comments VIEW IN CLEAN READING MODE » WHAT IS THIS ?   Workers at the Motorola smartphone plant in Fort Worth, Texas. (LM Otero/AP) With its 1.5 million factory workers earning as little as $300 a month to make iPhones, laptops and PlayStations, the Chinese behemoth Foxconn has become a potent symbol of America’s manufacturing decline and the transfer of jobs to Asia.Which is why so many...
  • Company Makes Good on Leaving Colo. Over Gun Laws.

    01/02/2014 2:30:36 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01-02-13 | Bob Moen
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- One of the country's largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns is leaving Colorado and moving operations to Wyoming and Texas because of new state laws that include restrictions on how many cartridges a magazine can hold.
  • Hudson River town wonders what's next as GE plant heads south in latest NY manufacturing loss

    12/29/2013 7:28:10 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    FORT EDWARD, New York — When General Electric moves jobs from its capacitor plant in this Hudson River town next year, worker Mark Rock figures he might have to leave, too. About 200 jobs will head south as soon as September when GE sends local operations to Florida to cut costs. While New York has had successes in the constant geographical tug of war for jobs, manufacturing jobs like these have been dwindling for decades. People in this area south of the Adirondack Mountains are the latest to wonder what comes next.
  • Hudson River town wonders what's next as GE plant heads south in latest NY manufacturing loss

    12/28/2013 7:15:01 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    The Republic.com ^ | December 21, 2013 | MICHAEL HILL
    FORT EDWARD, New York — When General Electric moves jobs from its capacitor plant in this Hudson River town next year, worker Mark Rock figures he might have to leave, too. About 200 jobs will head south as soon as September when GE sends local operations to Florida to cut costs. While New York has had successes in the constant geographical tug of war for jobs, manufacturing jobs like these have been dwindling for decades. People in this area south of the Adirondack Mountains are the latest to wonder what comes next. "The high-paying jobs that we have now in...
  • Ford’s 3D-printed auto parts save millions of dollars: Technology improves quality in vehicles

    12/24/2013 10:30:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Arab Times English Daily ^ | December 23, 2013
    One day, millions of car parts could be printed as quickly as newspapers and as easily as pushing a button on the office copy machine, saving months of development time and millions of dollars. 3D printing technology is making that day come sooner at Ford Motor Company. The development of the engine cover for the all-new Ford Mustang is the most recent example of the use of this technology. Ford uses 3D printing to quickly produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and...
  • Beretta won’t move [from Maryland] to Virginia due to Terry McAuliffe’s gun-control agenda

    12/23/2013 4:27:30 PM PST · by HokieMom · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 23, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor. The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. “The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional...
  • Charts of the day, world manufacturing output, 2012

    12/17/2013 9:36:32 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 111 replies
    AEI ^ | Mark J. Perry | December 15, 2013
    The charts above are based on new data from the United Nations on GDP and its components for more than 200 countries, updated through 2012. Here are some highlights of the UN’s data update:1. The top chart compares the annual manufacturing output from 1970 to 2012 (measured in current US dollars) for the five countries that produced the most manufacturing output last year: China, US, Japan, Germany, and Korea.  As I reported last year, China officially became the world’s largest manufacturer in 2011, with output in 2011 ($2.34 trillion) that was 20.6% higher than the $1.94 trillion (updated) of...
  • Bio-inspired method to grow high-quality graphene for high-end electronic devices (Breakthrough?)

    12/16/2013 3:20:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Space Daily ^ | December 17, 2013 | Staff
    A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Loh Kian Ping, who heads the Department of Chemistry at the NUS Faculty of Science, has successfully developed an innovative one-step method to grow and transfer high-quality graphene on silicon and other stiff substrates, opening up opportunities for graphene to be used in high-value applications that are currently not technologically feasible. This breakthrough, inspired by how beetles and tree frogs keep their feet attached to submerged leaves, is the first published technique that accomplishes both the growth and transfer steps of graphene on a silicon wafer....
  • Webinar Q&A: Manufacturing Opportunity in the New Industrial Revolution

    12/16/2013 2:33:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Venture Outsource ^ | December 16, 2013 | Staff
    Following our recent Webinar event, Manufacturing Opportunities in the New Industrial Revolution, London-based speaker and author Peter Marsh took time to answer additional attendee questions submitted at time of registration, or during the event, which the speaker did not have time to respond to due to event time constraints and the speaker losing Internet connectivity. Questions and answers follow: 1. Do you feel India can eclipse China in the Indian continent’s ability to manufacturing/assemble electronics on a similar volume, thus displacing China’s capabilities as the destination for high-volume manufacturing? Right now China accounts for roughly 20 per cent of world...
  • 777X offer puts Machinists, Boeing at ‘rock and a hard place’

    12/15/2013 3:31:09 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    the seattle Times ^ | December 15, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    If the Machinists union and Boeing could agree to a contract deal, Washington state would secure decades of work fabricating the 777X airliner’s advanced wing and assembling the jet here. Yet the union is divided and in turmoil over what the company calls its best and final offer. Two distinct, passionate arguments boiled up among the 31,000 local Machinists after their leaders Thursday rejected the revised offer. One vocal faction, including the local leadership, is dug in, unwilling to give up its hard-won gains from the past by making concessions on pay and benefits. Another group, including officials from the...
  • How American Must A Product Be To Be Labeled “Made In The USA”?

    12/13/2013 6:05:06 AM PST · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    theConsumerist ^ | December 11, 2013 | Chris Morran
    As you finish up your holiday shopping this year, you might be feeling the desire to buy American-made products. Any number of things claim to be made in the USA, but that label itself is not an absolute guarantee that what you’re buying was indeed produced stateside. While there are federal standards for what qualifies as “Made in America,” there is no vetting or certification process that goes on before that label can be applied. So a company could slap a made-in-USA sticker on its products and hope it doesn’t get caught, much like E.K. Ekcessories, an outdoor accessories company...
  • The Fracking Renaissance

    12/12/2013 12:27:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 11, 2013 | Jason Scheurer
    There is a boom coming from the private sector that looks to rewrite the American story for the next generation. It is possibly the life preserver this country needs as it attempts to correct itself from decades of expanding debts. These two forces together will upend the labor markets of the world. America is becoming a manufacturing and energy powerhouse once again due to this combination punch of robots and the unlocking of untapped resources. This story has been in the works for a while, but the technologies are now beginning to hit escape velocity. When we combine cheap and...
  • US researchers share plans for low-cost metal 3D printer

    12/11/2013 11:29:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    ComputerWeekly ^ | December 11, 2013 | Warwick Ashford, security editor
    Researchers at Michigan Technological University (MTU) have developed a low-cost 3D printer capable of producing steel objects. Low-cost 3D printing, which creates objects layer by layer, has been restricted to polymers to create objects such as chess sets, toys, Christmas decorations and mobile phone covers. But the team led by MTU’s associate professor Joshua Pearce has cut the cost of making a 3D metal printer to around £900, compared with £300,000 for commercial metal printers. Better still, the detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open source, so anyone can use them to make their own metal...
  • Boeing machinists offer counter proposal (no details yet)

    12/11/2013 5:08:52 PM PST · by djf · 21 replies
    Within the last few minutes, local news is reporting that Aircraft Machinists Union 751 has offered a new proposal to Boeing, one would guess to try to convince Boeing not to move the manufacture of the 777-X out of state. I will post details if/when they become available.
  • US energy boom helps grease manufacturing's spinning wheels

    12/09/2013 5:25:32 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8 Dec 2013 | Javier E. David
    The U.S. manufacturing renaissance may have an invisible hand guiding it along: the energy sector, which is in the midst of its own breakneck expansion. The heavily chronicled shale boom that has propelled U.S. oil production to historical peaks also may be greasing the wheels of manufacturing, which suffered for years as production moved to cheaper havens overseas. Now, however, the once-beleaguered sector is expanding briskly. Last week the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace in 30 months in November. While ISM does not break out energy-related manufacturing specifically, Brad Holcomb, chairman of...
  • 3D Printing With Metal: Engineers Create DIY Welding 3D Printer For Under $1,500

    12/03/2013 2:07:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 2, 2013 | Roxanne Palmer
    Currently, the commercial 3D printing landscape is dominated by contraptions that create everything from toys to watchbands out of plastic. But there’s another manufacturing revolution in the making: metal 3D printing. Big companies like Rolls-Royce and GE are already working on using 3D printing to make metal parts for jet engines, but their machines have a startup cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars – not exactly within reach for the garage hobbyist. Now, engineers from Michigan Technological University in Houghton have rigged up their version of a 3D metal printer that can be made with less than $1,500 of...
  • 3D Systems thinks Moore's Law Applies to 3-D Printing, But is That Right?

    11/30/2013 11:55:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 19, 2013 | Daniel Sparks
    The progress in 3-D printing has been nothing short of astounding over the last decade. The soaring stock prices of publicly traded 3-D printing companies 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD ) and Stratasys clearly illustrate the industry has made advances. Today, even consumers can get their hands on a plastic 3-D printer at a reasonable price -- an unheard-of possibility just five years ago. This phenomenal industry progress has led some to believe Moore's law applies to 3-D printing. Are they right? One inventor in Colorado disagrees. Moore's law? Not really At the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago this year,...
  • Maker6, the new consumer-accessible game changer in 3D printing

    11/30/2013 4:45:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 28, 2013 | Paul Wallis
    Calgary - Maker6 is a very different ballgame for 3D printing. This is an integrated service, including assistance with design and consumer-friendly services. It’s also a very interesting business approach, making 3D printing easily accessible. I was fortunate enough to get an interview with MacKenzie Brown, CEO of maker6 and its related CAD design company, CAD Crowd. I was extremely interested in what looked to me to be a very effective way of managing 3D printing across a very wide range of commercial and consumer needs. I don’t need to do a lot of talking here. I was lucky enough...
  • Foxconn to invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania

    11/25/2013 9:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    DigiTimes ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ninelu Tu and Adam Hwang
    Taiwan-based Foxconn Group will invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania, the US, over two years, according to group president Terry Guo. The investment is in line with the US government's Advanced Manufacturing in America policy, Guo said. Foxconn will invest US$30 million in Foxconn East America, a subsidiary based in Harrisburg, to expand an existing R&D team to set up an advanced manufacturing facility for high value-added products for applications including automobiles, medical care and environmental production, Guo said. The expansion will recruit about 500 employees. In addition, Foxconn will invest US$10 million in Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh specifically for...
  • 3D printing ushers in new wave of industrial revolution

    11/24/2013 1:51:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Zawya BusinessPulse ^ | November 24, 2013 | Alice Johnson
    In mid-2013 3D printing technology fell into the media spotlight, after a number of 'printed' guns were made - not only were they able to fire live rounds, but being made of plastic meant they were also undetectable. However, the potential for 3D printing to change the face of the SME for the better - despite the bad press initially - is now being recognized more than ever. 3D printing is not a 'new' technology, but has become more affordable and accessible in recent years, meaning more companies are looking at the technique as a realistic, cost-effective solution. There's no...
  • America's Unevenly Distributed Resurgence In Manufacturing Starts In The Shale Fields

    11/19/2013 10:13:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 4, 2013 | Mark P. Mills
    Our economy is straining at the bit to grow out of the Great Recession. You wouldn’t know that from the dreary news on both the jobs and GDP growth front. The good news is found in the incredible potential for high-paying jobs, growth and wealth creation bubbling up in America’s manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is hot, even though we’re supposed to be in a post-industrial economy. The transformation in American manufacturing today is redolent of a century ago when innovation and growth in the industrial landscape was blossoming in both big companies and start-ups. On today’s start-up front we have emerging...