There has been a great deal of hype around the renewal of U.S. manufacturing, but what is actually being done to realize this vision?
As we indicated in our last manufacturing blog post, the manufacturing industry is creating a whole new identity – dropping the stigmas and entering a state of innovative, technology-based solutions.
Take additive manufacturing, for example. Did you know that GE is building its newest aircraft engine by way of 3D printing – literally building an object through layer-by-layer of material?
GE even predicts that in four years it can build an entire engine this way. Yes, complex items such as jet engines will be built through 3D printing. If the U.S. continues to be a leader in technology, we will be positioned to excel in this new era of advanced manufacturing. However, as Michael Idelchik of GE points out, the additive industry is not quite big enough to support industrial production.