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Consumer 3-D Printing -- Does it Matter to Hardcore Manufacturing? | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek


"Now that Congress has finally gotten its act together, reopened the government, and temporarily averted economic disaster, the lasting effects of the 16-day federal shutdown are starting to emerge. For many scientific experiments, the damage has already been done."

What the Shutdown Did to Science (via popmech)

Bolt Blog: The Value of US Manufacturing and Why It's Not Coming Back


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Bolt helps teams build physical products. Manufacturing is a big part of what we provide assistance with, so you can imagine we are asked a deluge of questions about manufacturing on a daily basis. One of the most common is “can we make X part here in the US?” The answer is always yes, but at…

I can’t disagree more, with at least two of your assumptions: 1) Design and Development will remain in the US and 2) US Manufacturing won’t see Manufacturing come back.

1. Having worked for several multi-nationals, Design and Development follow the Manufacturing, and companies do it for the same reasons to reduce cost or time to market. Not saying it is right or even makes operational sense, but those leaders who believe they need to move Manufacturing overseas don’t stop there.

2. I’ve also seen several companies move their manufacturing back or decide not to move their manufacturing in the first place by putting greater focus on Lean, Supply Chain Excellence, wanting to  keep and developing local suppliers and creating closer relationships such that the overall supply chain cost is reduced.

A nation that doesn’t build things, is a nation in decline. Because with Manufacturing comes better communication with the designers, developers, customers, suppliers, etc. I think something that you will see is more regional manufacturing, manufacture for a market in that market, whether it be specific products for that market or products for shipment to a larger region.

Turkish Teen Makes Plastic Out of Banana Peels via @bigthink


Elif Bilgin, a 16-year-old girl from Istanbul, Turkey, won $50,000 at the Google Science Fair for her process of turning banana peels into bio-plastic- a better greener alternative than using fossil fuel for plastic production.

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Evans Wadongo: MwangaBora Lamp
In 2004 at the tender age of 19, Evans Wadongo took it upon himself to create an alternative to the unhealthy and often dangerous kerosene lamps and firelights used by villages like his in rural Africa. The enterprising Kenyan engineer developed the MwangaBora lamp, a fume-less light source made of 50% recycled materials that has since been widely distributed throughout the countrysides of Kenya and Malawi. To further the production and distribution of such lamps, NYC’s Friedman Benda gallery is hosting a three-day charitable selling exhibition—designed by fashion designerReed Krakoff—showing an edition of 1,000 solar lamps designed entirely by Wadongo.
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"Necessity is the mother of Invention" - Plato

engineeringisawesome:

Evans Wadongo: MwangaBora Lamp

In 2004 at the tender age of 19, Evans Wadongo took it upon himself to create an alternative to the unhealthy and often dangerous kerosene lamps and firelights used by villages like his in rural Africa. The enterprising Kenyan engineer developed the MwangaBora lamp, a fume-less light source made of 50% recycled materials that has since been widely distributed throughout the countrysides of Kenya and Malawi. To further the production and distribution of such lamps, NYC’s Friedman Benda gallery is hosting a three-day charitable selling exhibition—designed by fashion designerReed Krakoff—showing an edition of 1,000 solar lamps designed entirely by Wadongo.

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"Necessity is the mother of Invention" - Plato

There is a great blog post on “the thINKing canvas” about how to find customers for your business.
This is a great example of one way to create and use a visual strategic plan.

There is a great blog post on “the thINKing canvas” about how to find customers for your business.

This is a great example of one way to create and use a visual strategic plan.

Kaizen Training: ADVANTAGES OF LEAN MANAGEMENT


kaizen-training:

The manufacturing process endeavors to get rid of every waste. This helps eliminate unnecessary costs, processes, and tools. Nutshell, the lean manufacturers scrutinize the manufacturing processes and see whether they can eliminate any unnecessary movement.


To begin with, the lean…

Lean means getting rid of waste but some companies take it to mean reduce production workers. The fact is it should be about getting rid of waste that doesn’t add value to the product or service being delivered to  your customers. In my experience getting rid of layers of management between the factory and the person with the authority and responsibility to the customer to deliver the best product at the right price for the company and the customer.

americanmanufacturing:

Our favorite topic - Made in the USA - took the cover of TIME magazine. The article makes for a great weekend read!
Interesting excerpt:

Labor statistics actually shortchange the importance of manufacturing because they mainly count jobs inside factories, and related positions in, say, Ford’s marketing department or at small business doing industrial design or creating software for big exporters don’t get tallied.

We summarized the story, and threw in some analysis.

americanmanufacturing:

Our favorite topic - Made in the USA - took the cover of TIME magazine. The article makes for a great weekend read!

Interesting excerpt:

Labor statistics actually shortchange the importance of manufacturing because they mainly count jobs inside factories, and related positions in, say, Ford’s marketing department or at small business doing industrial design or creating software for big exporters don’t get tallied.

We summarized the story, and threw in some analysis.

RADIO: AAM's Scott Paul on Leslie Marshall Radio Show, April 11, 2013 | Alliance for American Manufacturing


Alliance for American Manufacturing’s (AAM) President Scott Paul explains we’re seeing small growth in Manufacturing hiring. Listen to the show on https://soundcloud.com/keep-it-made-in-america/aams-scott-paul-on-leslie.

Kaizen Training: How taking lean manufacturing courses helps your business, Part 2#2


kaizen-training:

How Lean Manufacturing Training Courses Can Help Your Business

It is very important for everyone in your organization to get lean training, because the concept has to be applied to the entire business processes. This way, everyone can understand the lean principles and identify how it can help…



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