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Civil Segments Heading for a Downward Glide Path

World aircraft industry growth is sputtering. While military demand remains robust, most civil segments are feeling the impact of negative macroeconomic and geopolitical developments. We saw almost no growth last year, and we won’t see any growth this year either.

Clues to the Future of Manufacturing

What’s the future of manufacturing? That’s not an easy question to answer, but I got some hints during a recent press trip to Japan.

New Materials/New Skills

Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe, and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements.

Precision Springs for Medical Manufacturing

Medical device manufacturing is at the forefront of innovation, making it one of the most critical industries. Spring manufacturers have been fortunate enough to play a major role in the development of articulated instruments for medical device design. Springs are frequently used in products like dental X-ray equipment, surgical staplers, drug infusers, and more.

3D Printing: A Change Agent for Manufacturing

It’s not often you get the opportunity to witness rapid, life-impacting change, but for those of us who have been in the 3D printing industry over the last few decades, we have witnessed just that. In the last 20-plus years, 3D printing has changed the definition of manufacturing from merely “one-size-fits-all” to “customized” production and from “high-volume” to “high-complexity/low-volume”—a startling paradigm shift that has enabled many new applications for the manufacturing industry.

Auto’s Unprecedented Times

United States light vehicle sales have expanded for seven consecutive years—the longest uninterrupted market expansion since 1917.

How Bright is the Future of Automation?

In the 1955 short story “Autofac,” Philip K. Dick envisioned a world dominated by self-replicating robots that work incessantly, eventually depleting the planet’s resources.

Can Upskilling Help A&D Firms Continue to Thrive?

The aerospace and defense (A&D) sector is thriving as demand for air travel increases along with growing worldwide defense needs. But to fulfill customer expectations, the sector has to continue to innovate—and innovation requires digital acumen.