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Viewpoints: What Manufacturers Need to Know About Generation Z

Meghan West


Resources and programs to attract people into manufacturing careers are blossoming across the country, seeded by hundreds of companies. State governments, our federal government, and national organizations such as SME offer scholarships, grants, and teaching tools for businesses and schools. As encouraging as these initiatives are, we need to keep expanding the effort and do whatever we can as individuals and companies to promote the field and not let up.
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UpFront: Celebrating Young People in STEM

Sarah A. Webster


It’s usually not a good idea to say you have a favorite child, but I’m going to do it anyway here: Our July issue, focused on workforce development, is easily one of my favorites. Inside, you’ll find our second annual list of 30 Under 30 honorees. It’s so heartening and uplifting to read about all the excitement young people have around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)—fields that are essential underpinnings to a career in advanced manufacturing. Full Article

Viewpoints: Momentum, Excitement, Magic—IMTS is a Can’t-Miss!

Doug Woods


The countdown to IMTS has begun. Come see and feel manufacturing’s re-invigorated pulse.
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UpFront: At The Cutting Edge, Cutting Optional

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Last year, for our annual Emerging Technologies issue, we demonstrated how 3D printing was moving into mainstream manufacturing by showcasing a Nike football cleat, with a laser-sintered plate, on the cover. That athletic shoe, however, was only for limited production, for top athletes. This June, we’re taking it up a notch—thanks to GE Aviation and the fast pace at which additive manufacturing (AM) is building up its resume, a topic covered in this month’s feature story by Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers and Associates (Fort Collins, CO). Full Article

New Twist to 'Old School' Program Fills Manufacturing Engineering Talent Pool

Bill Weier, Human Resource Manager, Fives Cincinnati


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 indicated the average manufacturing worker’s age was 50, and half of the workforce was 10 to 15 years away from retirement. How will we support high-tech manufacturing as the baby boomers leave the workforce? Most U.S. manufacturers are feeling the impact of the talent shortage in our industry, so this is a question many of us in human resources face. The method that is working well for Fives Machining Systems, Inc. is a new twist on a tried-and-true approach to passing experience and knowledge to the next generation – the apprenticeship. Full Article

Viewpoints: Medical Market Offers Challenges And Opportunities

Rajas Sukthankar, Director of Sales - Motion Control and Machine Tool Segment Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.


The production of medical implants involves an entire process chain, starting with the doctor and ending with the finished device. Doctors use the imaging data of a complex fracture, acquired with a CT scan, to select an appropriate implant and then position it in the fracture area of the patient on the computer. Of course, this is only possible if the implant geometries are stored in a database, and the doctor has implants in stock or can access them immediately from a manufacturer. Full Article

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