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Is Manufacturing in America Up or Down?

I have been confused lately by contradictory messages coming from people and news sources I pay attention to. On the one hand I hear and read—from knowledgeable sources—that manufacturing in the U. S. is becoming “hollowed out.”

Boeing Reports Record Loss

Boeing Co. today reported a record annual loss of almost $12 billion as it dealt with the 737 Max crisis and a slump in demand for air travel.

ExOne Receives U.S. Contract

Additive manufacturing company ExOne Co. has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract to develop a fully operational, self-contained 3D printing “factory” housed in a shipping container.

PPE Helps Dental Students Complete Training

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the University of Detroit’s dental education programs in early 2020, and reopening them depended in part on securing adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep the students safe.

MxD Secures $8.5 Million in 2021 Defense Appropriations Legislation

With the passage of the fiscal year 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act at the end of 2020, MxD, the national digital manufacturing institute, secured $8.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for 5G for manufacturing and cybersecurity for arsenal supply chains.

EnvisionTEC CEO: 3D Printing Is About to Disrupt Plastics

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani—whose firm is being purchased by Desktop Metal—discusses photopolymers’ move from prototyping to production. He gets into how he sees the sale will impact his company, as well as Desktop Metal and the 3D printing market in general. For the uninitiated, he also patiently explains how the 3d printing of polymers has progressed over the years. Last but not least, he details EnvisionTEC’s plans for growth—and asserts that the cost of 3D printing has reached a point where it is disrupting plastics.

Eliminating the Post-Processing Headache

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has been a game changer in how products are designed, produced and manufactured. But 3D printed parts don’t just come out of the machine ready to use, sometimes intensive manual post-processing is required. Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies, sits down with Chris Mahar, Associate Editor, to discuss their automated post-processing technology and how fully digitalized additive manufacturing is further benefiting the industry.