They said the radio would kill live performance, but instead it helped popularize artists like never before. They said television and VHS would kill the movies, but they just provided new places to watch films. So why is China, factory to the world, scared of a little 3-D printing?Forbes.com, at home 3-D printing could take away China's greatest manufacturing advantage: cheap … [Read more...] about Will 3-D Printing Challenge Traditional Manufacturing?
Instead of looking for a job after graduation, Rachel Weeks created one. For Weeks, founding School House, a socially responsible clothing company specializing in collegiate apparel, was a passion of hers since her time as an undergraduate at Duke University, but her journey was anything but simple. "I had a nonexistent business background when I started School House," said … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Brings Manufacturing Back Home to N.C.
American manufacturing companies may be struggling, but the fact is that manufacturing still accounts for 11.5 million U.S. jobs. As the economy continues to sputter, these manufacturers are being forced to adapt to a new era of American manufacturing. It will require change and flexibility, but the changing manufacturing landscape may also give them a competitive edge, … [Read more...] about US Manufacturers Face New Challenges to Stay Competitive
Michigan's David Schowalter scoured the country, and eventually the globe, for more than two years on his quest to find an American manufacturing partner. It turns out the answer was in his own backyard. The owner of Collegiate Bead Co., Schowalter was determined to produce his company's college beads, sorority bracelets and charms in the United States, but initially was unable … [Read more...] about Bead Company Determined to Keep Manufacturing in America
While firms in China have long been a favored manufacturing partner for many U.S.-based companies, a new poll shows that sentiment is changing. More than a third of manufacturing executives, at American companies with sales greater than $1 billion, are planning to, or considering, bringing their production back to the United States from China, a survey by The Boston Consulting … [Read more...] about American Manufacturers Rethink China Outsourcing, Report Says
Contrary to the doomsayers, manufacturing in the U.S. isn't on the endangered list, at least for small and midsized business manufacturers (SMB). SMB manufacturers have added jobs and are more optimistic about their growth prospects, according to a snapshot survey on the general health of their businesses. Hiring in the SMB sector has ticked up in the last six months, … [Read more...] about Among Small and Medium Sized Businesses, Manufacturing Hiring Up
Getting a product from an idea to production is a complex process. It involves significant research, time, planning and patience. But with the right information, the right resources and the right product, it's possible.One of the biggest challenges of product manufacturing is finding a factory to create it. You'll need to find one that fits your needs and budgets, and still … [Read more...] about How to Find a Factory to Manufacture Your Product
Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Max Friefeld, co-founder and CEO of Voodoo Manufacturing, explains how this image represents his business. Voodoo Manufacturing is a software-enabled, high-volume 3D-printing factory. We use a 160 printer cluster of regular desktop 3D … [Read more...] about Small Business Snapshot: Voodoo Manufacturing
Industry 4.0 might sound like the newest iteration of a SimCity-style tycoon game, but it's really the biggest shift to hit global manufacturing since automation. Centered around advanced robotics and automation, new ways of human-machine interaction (such as augmented reality) and vast troves of data and boosted connectivity, Industry 4.0 is poised to modernize manufacturing … [Read more...] about Industry 4.0: How the Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Manufacturing
In this video, Jonathan Ive (who is best known for designing the iPod and the iPhone) discusses the design of the Apple Macbook notebooks that are carved from a single piece of aluminum (unibody). The video also gives a sneak preview of the Macbook manufacturing process which is again very interesting.You can download the video in HD format from Apple.com. Hat tip Mike … [Read more...] about The Design & Manufacturing Process of Apple Macbook