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Can the Maker Movement End the Skills Gap?

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor

6/12/2015

We in the manufacturing world have been watching the skills-gap crisis in manufacturing rise up around us. The number of baby-boomers retiring has become a flood while the number of young people interested in manufacturing slows to a trickle. Most of us, however, haven’t been aware that another cultural change is happening at the same time—a change that, if nurtured, could become a lifeline for manufacturers. It's the maker movement. Full Article

NewsDesk: At RAPID, Anticipation for 3D Printing’s Future



Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

7/1/2015

The 2015 edition of SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition (Long Beach, CA), while displaying 3D printing of the present, also presented anticipation for the future of additive manufacturing. “I’ve never been more optimistic about it,” industry consultant Terry Wohlers said during a speech on May 21, the last day of the show. RAPID 2015 attracted more than 4,500 attendees, up 30% from 2014. “It’s finally getting the attention and respect and investment it deserves,” Wohlers said. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Creating Pathways to Careers in Manufacturing



Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME

7/1/2015

We’ve all seen the headlines: “CEOs Say Skills Gap Is Problematic” (U.S. News & World Report); “Manufacturers upbeat, despite workforce concerns” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal); “Manufacturing workforce development starts with our youth” (Assembly magazine); and “Local manufacturers work together to attract workers” (The Virginian-Pilot). I could cite many more articles, yet the message would remain consistent—“Even with the most weight given to the broadest indicators—STEM employment and STEM degrees granted—the Index shows there has only been modest gains in overall STEM activity since 2000, indicating that the existing pool of talent is still too shallow to adequately meet demand” (U.S. News & World Report). Full Article

GF Machining Solutions Sees Steady Growth



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/19/2015

GF Machining Solutions expects continued growth in its machine tools business, tied to markets such as aerospace, automotive and medical. Full Article

Consultant Urges Manufacturers Adopt `Agile’ Production



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/2/2015

Manufacturers should adopt more “agile” production methods where small teams drive improvement, a consultant said today at SME’s BIG M show in Detroit. Full Article

Big M Buzzwords: Collaboration, Failure



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/3/2015

DETROIT – The talk at the second day of SME’s Big M show centered on collaboration and not being afraid to fail. Full Article

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