The economy is a mixed bag but U.S. manufacturers are showing continued optimism about their businesses. They also are clearly concerned about the political climate and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. Still, signs point to a stronger second half of 2013 for the sector. NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray examines the findings of the 2nd Quarter NAM/IndustryWeek Manufacturing Survey in an exclusive interview with IW Executive Editor Steve Minter.
With all of its recent headlines and technological leaps, additive manufacturing can feel like a very new field. But in fact, 3-D printing has been slowly evolving in labs and in the market since Chuck Hall invented stereolithography back in 1986 with his company, 3D Systems.