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Viewpoints: Let's Celebrate the Olympians of the Trades!

Dan Newby, Educational Programs Manager, CNC Software Inc.


The WorldSkills Competition was established in 1950. It’s the world’s largest professional education event. Competitors from more than 72 countries and regions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa simulate real work challenges that must be completed to international standards of quality. Nearly 1000 adolescents under the age of 24 compete. Full Article

UpFront: Inspire, Teach, Mentor and Celebrate

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


It’s always an uplifting time when the team here at Advanced Manufacturing Media gets together to review the candidates for our 30 Under 30 issue, which is now in its third year. If you’ve ever worried about manufacturing’s current and future workforce—and I know that many people out there have and do—please take comfort in the hard work (it’s not just talent) that we highlight in this year’s special issue. Full Article

Workforce Pipeline: Creating Pathways to Careers in Manufacturing

Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME


We’ve all seen the headlines: “CEOs Say Skills Gap Is Problematic” (U.S. News & World Report); “Manufacturers upbeat, despite workforce concerns” (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal); “Manufacturing workforce development starts with our youth” (Assembly magazine); and “Local manufacturers work together to attract workers” (The Virginian-Pilot). I could cite many more articles, yet the message would remain consistent—“Even with the most weight given to the broadest indicators—STEM employment and STEM degrees granted—the Index shows there has only been modest gains in overall STEM activity since 2000, indicating that the existing pool of talent is still too shallow to adequately meet demand” (U.S. News & World Report). Full Article

Viewpoints: NNMI: A New Place for Advancing Manufacturing

Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, Director - Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, SME Past President


Additive manufacturing has captured popular attention now that retailers are selling low-cost 3D printers. There is a perception that additive manufacturing simply appeared in the past two years, yet the technology has been under development for nearly 30 years—a timeline that is about average for a process or new material to mature from laboratory to production. Full Article

When Bytes Meet the Reality of Manufacturing

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Computing data storage continues to get faster and cheaper. Since collecting huge data sets is becoming ever more feasible, now moving to affordable cloud storage, what is the impact to manufacturing? What are the risks? Full Article

UpFront: Note to Self: It's the Technology, Stupid!

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Between 2000 and 2011, the US lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs as more than 65,000 manufacturing establishments closed their doors. Like many people, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the reasons for that decline: low wages in foreign countries, trade deals, etc. Then I came to SME in 2011, and learned that I was missing a pretty big part of the story—a part that, quite frankly, I had never even heard mentioned before: the role that America’s weakness in manufacturing technologies has played. Full Article

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