With all the discussion about the renaissance of U.S. manufacturing, inshoring and insourcing, IW gathered these essential resources to provide you with an historical perspective of how outsourcing--specifically off-shore outsourcing of production--has been viewed over the years. Reviewing these articles will provide you with the arguments for and against off-shore outsourcing, the strategies associated with leveraging U.S. production (or onshore production in other countries), and show how the strategy has changed in the past decade.
The November election is being closely followed by manufacturers as scores of critical issues, from regulatory policy to health care to tax rates, could be determined by the outcome of the election. Visit this page for ongoing election coverage of the Obama and Romney campaigns, Congressional races and the issues most important to the manufacturing community.
Called a revolutionary, disruptive advance by some and dismissed as an infant technology by others, after decades in the fringe additive manufacturing is finally finding a place in the mainstream manufacturing conversation. Visit this page to follow as this conversation develops and new applications of the technologies are explored and tested in the manufacturing arena.
Since its first meeting in 1927, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has grown to become one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, pulling in over 100,000 visitors and some 1,900 exhibitors to the bi-annual event. It has established itself as the premier meeting place for machine tool manufacturers and buyers and as the ideal stage to showcase the latest manufacturing technology breakthroughs. Check this page for ongoing coverage of past IMTS events and as we count down to the next show beginning September 8, 2014.
When NASA landed its Curiosity Rover on Mars in August of 2012, it was regarded as an unparalleled triumph of science and engineering. However, it was also a triumph of American manufacturing, the result of years of collaborative work among some of the nation's most respected and innovative companies, both big and small. Visit this page for updates to Curiosity's mission and to follow the story of this remarkable feat of manufacturing genius.
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is off to a racing start, set up, staffed and funding projects just months after launch. But there are still many problems to solve and questions to answer before the extent of its success--or failure--can be measured.
This page will house the evolving discussion around the project as we traces the progress it makes, the obstacles it faces and the solutions it produces.