STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing

STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meeting new criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to […]

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Great turnout for STEAM ENGINE USA panel on design and manufacturing STEAM ENGINE USA welcomed a full house of manufacturers, designers, educators, students, journalists, policymakers and others for its lively September 21st DESIGN WEEK RI panel Design and Manufacturing in RI | Powering the Next Generation of Making. The crowd of 50+ gathered in the […]

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West Kingston ranks in top 40 nationally for attracting manufacturers

West Kingston stands out as one of the top 40 smaller markets in the country for advanced manufacturing firms seeking new locations, according to a New Jersey firm that analyzed up-and-coming markets increasingly on its radar. The only other New England location on Princeton-based The Boyd Company, Inc.’s list is Marlborough, Mass, principal John Boyd […]

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U.S. manufacturing may be stabilizing; housing gains steam


A gauge of U.S. business investment spending plans rose in May, a tentative sign that the manufacturing sector was stabilizing after hitting a soft patch in recent months. But the lingering effects of lower oil prices and a strong dollar will continue to constrain factory activity for a while, economists say. Other data on Tuesday […]

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Defense export session scheduled as part of STEAM ENGINE USA

SMITHFIELD – A special business-development session for defense industry manufacturers will be held next week through STEAM Engine USA, an initiative by the R.I. Commerce Corporation that’s working to enhance economic and workforce potential by bridging the gap between designers and manufacturers. The session will be held on Tuesday at the John H. Chafee Center […]

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New Airbus A350 XWB Aircraft Contains Over 1,000 3D Printed Parts

When it comes to manufacturing components within the aerospace industry, 3D printing is gradually inching its way into the process. We have seen numerous applications for end-use 3D printed parts byspace agencies such as NASA as well as aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus. The aircraft manufacturing sector will continue to benefit from these […]

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The Future Of Manufacturing: Sensors, 3-D Printers, And Data Science

3D, additive, Manufacturing

A new McKinsey report says 3-D printing, sensors, and lots of data-science jobs are coming to America’s factories. A new study from consulting giant McKinsey says factories are the next fertile ground for the “Internet of things.” The report, called Industry 4.0: How to Navigate a Changing Industrial Landscape, also says something intuitive: Over the […]

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Inexpensive table-top robots will disrupt light manufacturing

Summary:Collaborative robots for light industry are coming along at precisely the right moment. They’re primed for quick adoption, and that means big changes for small- and mid-sized manufacturers. Last month’s Automate 2015, which organizers bill as the largest showcase of automation technologies in North America, signaled a change in the wind for light manufacturing. Alongside […]

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Manufacturers tap brakes again in March, ISM finds

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. manufacturing sector clearly caught a cold in the final months of winter. Whether its symptoms are likely to persist or fade with the onset of warmer weather are less certain. A closely followed survey of manufacturing executives known as ISM fell in March for the fifth straight month, hitting the […]

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