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by Tom Hedberg, Research Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Science and Technology
Along the path from design to manufacture, a lot of information gets passed from computer to computer and machine to machine. But just as a children’s game of telephone can produce a jumbled message, machines that use different software can disrupt the flow of information and lead to errors. Those errors cost time and money.
This is my favorite time of year, when we recognize the importance of manufacturing as thousands of companies open their doors to welcome in the public to see the amazing products being made every day by our neighbors and friends in communities across the United States. Manufacturing Day is October 2, 2015 and I am excited to be one of the many Americans who will spend the day touring some of the best manufacturing facilities in the world.
Ever stood on a factory floor and watched things get made?
On September 30, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee delivered remarks at Microsoft Tech Lab in Washington, DC, on 3D printing or additive manufacturing, the process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file using additive processes, and how this industry is driving innovation.
Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise, according to preliminary data from U.S. Census Bureau, which shows that women are increasingly becoming small...Read More
“The rumors of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.” Elon Musk
U.S. factories do their part to keep the U.S. economy humming. Did you know that manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of overall U.S. economic activity as measured by Gross Domestic Product? The Bureau of Economic Analysis produces a slew of economic statistics on how manufacturing and other U.S. industries are performing and impact the economy. Given that Oct. 2 is Manufacturing Day, it’s the perfect time to share with you some other manufacturing data nuggets that we produce.Read More
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President welcomed a fellow President to the White House and held a whirlwind of meetings at the United Nations General Assembly. And the First Lady named a new panda cub! That's September 25th to October 1st or, "Make It Matter."
Friday, September 25
On Friday, the President welcomed President Xi of China to the White House during the Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn — the second one this week!Read More
The economy added jobs in September at a pace below that seen earlier in the year, as slowing growth abroad and global financial turmoil have weighed on economic activity. Overall, however, the unemployment rate remains at its lowest level since early 2008 and the private sector has added 13.2 million jobs over 67 straight months of job growth—the longest streak on record. Given the increased uncertainty around the world, it is imperative that the United States not further exacerbate that uncertainty with unnecessary brinksmanship and austerity.Read More
We have to come together and take steps to reduce gun violence. We have to find the courage to change. #UCCShooting https://t.co/5xQhor8bRM
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 2, 2015
The President just delivered a statement on today's shooting in Oregon.
And one thing he said is certainly ringing in the minds of Americans across the country right now, no matter their politics:
"We are the only advanced country in the world that sees these shootings every few months."Read More