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Will 3D Printing Touch Your Life?

Jason B. Jones, PhD, 2016 Chair, SME Additive Manufacturing Community


Additive manufacturing, popularly known as “3D printing,” has captured the mainstream media spotlight like few if any manufacturing techniques in recent decades. Hopefully you have heard something about it; or perhaps you find continual reference to this next “industrial revolution” tiresome, particularly if you haven’t seen any impact to you or your business yet. As the media hype wave washes past additive manufacturing, the remaining question for many is: “will this technology make a difference to my life?” Full Article

Inaugural Smart Manufacturing Magazine Recognizes 30 Advanced Manufacturing Visionaries



The first issue of SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine, now available online and in print, honors the leading thinkers, makers and doers in manufacturing who are helping to make the Fourth Industrial Revolution, often referred to as Industry 4.0, a reality. Full Article

Thought Leaders to Convene at NAMRC 44

Steven R. Schmid, PhD, CMfgE, PE2015–16 President, North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME


During the week of June 27, researchers, educators, practitioners and thought leaders from around the world will congregate in Blacksburg, VA, for the largest annual manufacturing research conference in North America. Now in its 44th year, SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), which is organized by the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME), is a vital part of the organization with its important role in advancing the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing. Full Article

Obituary: Mechanical Engineering Professor Dornfeld Dies at 66

Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff


David A. Dornfeld, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, died March 27 of a heart attack. He was 66. Dornfeld was regarded as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing and smart manufacturing. He led the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability at UC Berkeley, and was appointed faculty director of the university’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in August 2015. Full Article

Manufacturing Matters to Canada, so do Partnerships South of our Border

Martin Lavoie, Director, Manufacturing Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters


Did you know that the US is Canada’s largest export partner by a significant stretch? With more than 76% of total exports in 2014, shipments to the US were valued at more than $403 billion. By comparison, the next-closest export destination for Canada is China, at $19.4 billion. The close relationship and interdependence between Canada and the US may surprise many in the manufacturing marketplace, but the examples illustrate how both countries enjoy mutual success. Full Article

Local Chapters Pave the Way for Involvement and Leadership Opportunities

Maite Mauri, Program Manager - ACES, Amazon, SME Member Since 2011


I’ve been asked many times why I’m an involved volunteer member at SME. The answer is simple: it makes me happy. Attending a company tour and learning about the different ways manufacturers are tackling the quickly evolving materials, customer demands and global markets is eye opening. Listening to a professional expert share insights into new technologies that are changing the way we design and manufacture products during a tech talk event, like how additive manufacturing is being used by companies to redesign attachments for aircraft overhead bins to reduce weight by as much as 80%, is exciting and inspiring. Full Article

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