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High-Rise Chips Avoid Conventional IC Limitations

High-Rise Chips Avoid Conventional IC Limitations | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

It took the team three breakthroughs to be able to build a four-story prototype of their high-rise chip. The first was efficiently building nanoscale carbon-nanotube transistors (CNTs) that could be more completely sealed than current conventional transistors--which leak electrons, creating heat and wasting electricity. Until now, CNTs could not be grown together tightly.

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Inevitable and predictable advances. Great!

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Nanoshaping Method is Future of Manufacturing Technology - Controlled Environments Magazine

Nanoshaping Method is Future of Manufacturing Technology - Controlled Environments Magazine | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The new method, called laser shock imprinting, creates shapes out of the crystalline forms of metals, potentially giving them ideal mechanical and optical properties using a bench-top system capable of mass producing the shapes inexpensively

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Science fiction becoming science fact.

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US to Get Two New Manufacturing Hubs – Smart Manufacturing and Flexible Hybrid Electronics

US to Get Two New Manufacturing Hubs – Smart Manufacturing and Flexible Hybrid Electronics | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

One will be in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy and one in flexible hybrid electronics at the Department of Defense. Each institute will receive $70 million or more of federal investment to be matched by at least $70 million from the private sector for a total of more than $290 million in new investment.

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Is the money in the new budget?

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Ford: Taking the Aluminum Risk

Ford: Taking the Aluminum Risk | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The introduction of the 2015 F-150 -- a pickup with a high-strength steel frame and an aluminum-alloy body – is an aggressive move by Ford in the automotive lightweighting battle. The new truck weighs 700 pounds less, yet can tow 1,100 more pounds, haul 530 more pounds and is projected to have a 5% to 20% higher fuel economy.

Murry Shohat's insight:

I wonder how much  better these numbers will be when composites replace aluminum.

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Transportation Infrastructure is the Road to More Competitive US Manufacturing

Transportation Infrastructure is the Road to More Competitive US Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Today there are more than 4 million miles of road, 600,000 bridges, and 3,000 transit providers in the U.S. that have been impacted from the falling share of GDP dedicated to transportation from federal, state and local levels – while population, congestion, and maintenance backlogs have increased, according to “An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment,” prepared this year by the National Economic Council and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.



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IMTS 2014: Technology Preview [SLIDESHOW]

IMTS 2014: Technology Preview [SLIDESHOW] | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

This year's show will highlight all of the latest advances in machine tool technologies – from multi-axis lathes and grinders to the bits that drive them. But the real excitement this year is around the interaction between these tools and the peripheral technologies that make up the full manufacturing ecosystem.


Expect collaborative robots loading CNCs, communicating machines, smart sensors and smart analytics, hybrid 3-D printing and tooling. And mostly, it's about the full convergence between data and production.

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Super show!

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A technology boom for manufacturing - Plant Engineering

We are in the midst of an industrial technology and energy systems convergence that is driving a change in manufacturing the world over. In the past six years, the pace of innovation and development in the industrial automation sector has moved into overdrive. In North America, manufacturers are adopting digitized systems and secure connectivity across the factory floor and are taking advantage of reliable and cost-effective technologies for energy savings. As a result, U.S.-based companies are starting to re-shore manufacturing operations to U.S. soil from other parts of the globe. Outside of North America, global manufacturers are investing or looking to invest in U.S. operations to take advantage of the high productivity of our manufacturing workforce and our competitive energy environment.

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SME's 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo to Showcase Latest Advancements

SME's 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Expo to Showcase Latest Advancements | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"The factory of the future will be transformational- 3D printers, automation, advanced materials, simulation of machines and processes, even controlling an entire factory from your smart phone,"said Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME. "The speed of change continues to increase and manufacturers need to see these advanced technologies in person and learn from the experts."

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Always a good event.

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Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. What could that mean for manufacturing?
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I see Fortis as near-term technology for a variety of human tasks requiring muscular exertion over extended periods of time. Watch the video to see this in action.

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Robotic Feeders for the New Technology Ecosystem - American Machinist

Robotic Feeders for the New Technology Ecosystem - American Machinist | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Manufacturing in the modern factory is no longer about single machines performing single operations; it's about an ecosystem of integrated technologies and resources – machines, tools, automation equipment, data and skilled labor – all working together to improve the output of the whole.

IMTS this year will highlight that ecosystem like never before – instead of showing off isolated technologies running their rarified tasks, there will be machine tools working in concert with robots that are driven by sensors, optomized by smart analytics and Big Data.

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Hope to witness this in person.

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Inertia Friction Welding Demonstration Manufacturing Technology, Inc

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Good video demo of inertia friction welding for a solid material

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Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

While some believe that America’s manufacturing recovery has already “turned the corner,” the truth is that policymakers have much more work to do in establishing an institutional environment that supports the competitiveness of America’s manufacturing economy on a sustainable basis.

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Colleges and Universities in North America face the consequences of program neglect. Can they rush to recover? It isn't just manufacturing that needs work.

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2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing

2014 IW US 500: State of Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

U.S. manufacturers generated $6.07 trillion in revenue in 2013. Each year, as revenues climb and fall, new companies join the ranks of the top 500. Check out this year's map below and then compare it to 2013.

Murry Shohat's insight:


Interesting map! Tells us where the new manufacturing jobs are going.

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IBM, SEMATCH Partner to Launch New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium

IBM, SEMATCH Partner to Launch New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The Consortium will invest over $500 million and create thousands of high-skilled, high-paying jobs in Upstate New York over the next five years focusing on the development and manufacture of the next generation of materials used on semiconductors.

Murry Shohat's insight:


This technology will lead to improved manufacturing capabilities as well as superior power electronics.

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World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production

World’s First Plant to Print Jet Engine Nozzles in Mass Production | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

GE is taking mass production to a lofty new level. The company is pulling 3D printing out of the lab and installing it at the heart of the world’s first factory for printing jet engine fuel nozzles in Auburn, Ala...Read More....


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 16, 2014 2:03 PM

For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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2014 IW US 500: Tech's Top 10 Fastest Risers [SLIDESHOW]

2014 IW US 500: Tech's Top 10 Fastest Risers [SLIDESHOW] | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

This year's list shows insane financial gains throughout the technology market. Of the $6 trillion in revenue pulled in by all 500 companies last year, $1.5 trillion of it came from tech alone.

Murry Shohat's insight:


I'm not alone in suggesting that technology breakthroughs portend a fresh industrial revolution. This list supports the idea.

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IMTS Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations

IMTS Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this September, manufacturers will see new machinery and equipment, as always. But just as exciting will be exhibits called “imagination stations” that show emerging manufacturing technologies and current and futuristic end-user examples of how these technologies will be applied.

Murry Shohat's insight:


IMTS is always an adrenalin rush that lasts and lasts. This year may be the best ever.

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“What comes next?” — Latest technology breakthroughs featured at SEMICON West

“What comes next?” — Latest technology breakthroughs featured at SEMICON West | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The latest manufacturing, materials and production developments for emerging and adjacent markets will be featured at SEMICON West 2014  to be held July 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Over 200 exhibitors and 20 hours of technical presentations will focus on manufacturing tech breakthroughs,  answering the question “What comes next?”

Murry Shohat's insight:


Always interesting! And you can't beat the venue.

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GE, Notre Dame Join Unveil New Turbomachinery Facility

GE, Notre Dame Join Unveil New Turbomachinery Facility | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

In an effort to advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants, and the oil and gas industry, GE is providing $13.5 million over the next five years to fund research at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility.

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Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning

Ten for STEM - Ten developments promoting science & technology learning | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Education in the area of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been in the headlines as employers find it tough to uncover potential employees having STEM backgrounds. Efforts are underway to rectify perceived shortages in STEM fields. Notice of several such initiatives recently crossed our desk. Here is a quick update on what's going on:

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Thanks, Lee, for documenting these developments.

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Elon Musk Gives Up Tesla Patents to 'Open Source Movement'

Elon Musk Gives Up Tesla Patents to 'Open Source Movement' | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it


Electric carmaker Tesla announced Thursday it was giving up its patents to the "the open source movement" to help spur electric vehicle technology. The unusual move comes with Tesla enjoying huge success but against a backdrop of multiplying legal squabbles among technology firms over patents. "All our patents belong to you," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a blog post.

Murry Shohat's insight:


As a product of the open source movement myself, I loudly applaud Elon's bold and smart move. "Show 'em your tail," Elon.

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The Rodon Group's curator insight, June 17, 2014 9:03 AM

A courageous move but one that will speed product development.

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Microfabrica Showcases Breakthrough Additive Manufacturing Technology - MCADCafe

Microfabrica Showcases Breakthrough Additive Manufacturing Technology - MCADCafe | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"For high tech industries, the drive to miniaturization is immutable," said Eric Miller, CEO of Microfabrica. "As conventional manufacturing technologies fail to keep pace, additive manufacturing is emerging as the disruptive alternative. Microfabrica is uniquely positioned at the forefront of these converging trends, having shipped over 50 million commercial devices since the introduction of MICA Freeform in 2009."

Murry Shohat's insight:


This technology is emerging fast and worth looking at by any manufacturer considering Additive strategies going forward.

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Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant

Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The AMTech awards provide incentives for partnerships to tackle the important jobs of planning, setting strategic manufacturing technology goals and developing a shared vision of how to work collaboratively to get there," said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "These are essential first steps toward building the research infrastructure necessary to sustain a healthy, innovative advanced manufacturing sector — one that invents, demonstrates, prototypes and produces here, in the U.S."

Murry Shohat's insight:


These NIST grants encourage U.S. manufacturing based on U.S. R&D.

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Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is efficient at low wind speeds | Worth Noting

Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is efficient at low wind speeds | Worth Noting | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Many designers of utility scale wind turbines dismiss the idea of using turbines to capture energy from light breezes and in areas where there isn't a lot of wind. Their argument comes from Betz's law which calculates the maximum power available from the wind. The difference in pressure is created by the spatial figure in the spiral blade. This results in a much better performance. Even when the wind is blowing at an angle of 60 degrees into the rotor, it will start to spin.

Murry Shohat's insight:


This development is worth noting by manufacturing and industrial engineers. Commercialization of spiral wind turbines could power small factories and homes.

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Behind Germany's Success Story in Manufacturing - Wall Street Journal

Behind Germany's Success Story in Manufacturing - Wall Street Journal | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

One model for the Obama plan is the Fraunhofer Society, a network of government-backed research institutes that has helped make Germany one of the leading exporters of high-tech manufactured goods, despite the country's relatively high wages and high levels of regulation. "As one of the biggest and oldest innovation networks for advanced manufacturing, Fraunhofer was a key starting point when we began designing the NNMI," says Mike Molnar, director of the U.S. program.

Murry Shohat's insight:


The Fraunhofer story is a good model that should be applied at U.S. Universities.

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Curated by Murry Shohat
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