Ensuring American Manufacturing Leadership Through Next-Generation Supply Chains
It’s no secret: The United States has lost nearly a third of its manufacturing employment since 2001. While the causes of this decline are numerous (and sometimes hotly debated), there’s widespread agreement on one fundamental factor: many large firms have zealously pursued offshoring strategies in recent decades because of an overriding focus on short-term metrics like unit price and direct labor cost.
Democratizing Manufacturing: How to realize the promise of the Maker Movement
New technologies and tools like desktop 3D printers, computer aided engineering software, and shared makerspaces haven’t just enhanced creativity and efficiency. They’ve sparked a quiet revolution. The Maker Movement — comprising inventors, programmers, designers, and tinkerers around the country — has already impacted how new products are designed and built, how regions approach economic development (PDF), and even how schools approach STEM education.
Prototypes to Products: Helping Entrepreneurs Master Manufacturing
Start-ups are engines of innovation. From Facebook to SpaceX, inventive young organizations have revolutionized diverse sectors of the American economy. Today, new start-ups in the emerging Cleantech sector are creating novel innovations in wind, solar, fuel cells, bioenergy, geothermal, and vehicle technology that promise to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy independence, and create more affordable and reliable energy.
Biomanufacturing Technologies for Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative Medicine has the potential to be a game-changer for patients who have damaged tissues or organs due to untreatable diseases, injuries, and congenital conditions. Lab-based innovations have shown great promise in restoring structure and function, but to deliver treatments to large numbers of patients in a clinical setting, new tools and technologies are needed. Regenerative Medicine is a new area of medical research that seeks to automate and scale-up the production and deployment of these groundbreaking solutions.
Biomanufacturing Technologies for Engineering Biology
For centuries, humans have been altering the genetic material of living organisms through selective breeding. Yet, today, these old practices are taking on fundamentally new meaning and consequence. Scientists are creating new DNA sequences from scratch in order to produce materials with potential to solve practical problems in diverse fields from medical treatment to energy production.