Travis Hessman

Associate Editor,

Focus: Manufacturing Technology & High-Tech Industries: Computer, Electronics, etc.

Call: 216-931-9114

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Associate editor examines trends in manufacturing technology, covering developments in automation, robotics, digital tools and emerging technologies. He also reports on the best practices of the most successful high tech companies, including computer, electronics and industrial machinery / equipment manufacturers.

Travis returned to IndustryWeek in 2012 after working as an intern for the publication back in 2001 and later as a contributing writer.

Travis received his bachelor’s degree in English from Kent State University and his master’s in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio MFA consortium via Kent State.

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How to Lead a Manufacturing Revolution
Siemens Industry CEO opens up about his role in the American Manufacturing Renaissance and what it means for manufacturing, the workforce and the industries of the future.
Rethink Everything: 3-D Printing and the Product Design Revolution
3-D printing is much more than a new way of making; it's an opportunity to rethink everything we know about design and product engineering.
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The MakerBot Generation 1
For the generation of students brought up on MakerBots and 3-D design, 3-D printing is just the tip of the iceberg.
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IMTS 2014 Preview: The Power of High Tech Integration 1
The 30th incarnation of the semi-annual International Manufacturing Technology Show will demonstrate the power of the full integration of today's leading technologies: robots, big data and 3-D printing.
IMTS 2014: Technology Preview [SLIDESHOW]
This year, the show is about collaborative robots loading CNCs, it's about communicating machines, it's about smart sensors and smart analytics, it's about hybrid 3-D printing and tooling. And mostly, it's about the full convergence between data and production.
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3-D Printing: Made in the USA
DMG Mori is bringing its American-made hybrid additive / subtractive machine to IMTS 2014 in Chicago to help change the way manufacturing is done.
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Alibaba: The New Face of American e-Retail?
Alibaba Group's move to the U.S. is threatening to change everything we know about e-retail. Manufacturers need to get ready.
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Take 5: Q&A with Ingo Ederer, CEO Voxeljet
Voxeljet is bringing 3-D printing out of the box and onto the plant floor, paving the way for industrial 3DP in the process.
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Converse: How Innovation Should Work 
Real innovation only takes place in an environment open enough to recognize good ideas when they occur and brave enough to break the rules to make them happen.
2014 IW US 500: The Fall of Big Oil? [SLIDESHOW]
This could be a hiccup. It could be a brief stumble for an otherwise indestructible industry. But for the moment, the 2014 U.S. 500 ranking looks like a win for alternative energy.
It's Time to Embrace the Job-Killing Robots 4
The manufacturing renaissance isn't being built on sweat and labor; it's being built on ingenious robots, smart machines and industrial-minded, skilled workers. The job killing robots we all fear might actually be our best tool for job growth.
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2014 IW US 500: Tech's Top 10 Fastest Risers [SLIDESHOW]
This year's list shows us the true state of technology today. In our drive toward connection and data-fueled efficiency, the digital technology makers are finding markets far beyond phones and computers.
Take 5: Q&A with Conor MacCormack, CEO Mcor Technologies
Mcor's paper-based 3-D printers are a lesson in innovation: green, sustainable and running cheap, the company bucks all of the 3-D printing trends to find its own path in an emerging industry.
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Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Eight Principles of Disruptive Innovation
Success today isn't just about innovation. It isn’t just about improving products and making things better. It's about disruption and reinvention.
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Masters of Disruption: Nine Manufacturing Reinvention Stories [SLIDESHOW]
To make it today, every company, big and small, new and old, have to be nimble and quick. They must be willing to jump markets, even whole industries, with start-up boldness just to keep pace with the frantic, shifting demands of their consumers.

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