CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, September 15, 2013

  • ICYMI, President Obama was in Des Moines on Monday to visit North High School. The Wall Street Journal frames it as Obama’s effort to “stay relevant” and encourage political candidates to discuss education and the economy.
  • Etsy, a sort of web home for sellers of handmade crafts, started taking applications on Monday for its Etsy Manufacturing program. The program, according to Wired, is intended to “bring qualified manufacturers together with designers looking to ramp up production and move some serious product.”
  • Reuters says U.S. consumer spending is heading upward, by manufacturing is “still weak.”
  • Meanwhile, Bloomberg says U.S. factory production fell in August “by the most since January 2014.” Apparently, car makers throttled back and a strong dollar reined in demand overseas.
  • The Manufacturing Leadership blog wants to know what you’re doing for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2. (CIRAS is doing quite a bit. Check out the calendar at to see some of the Iowa events we’re helping promote. More are in the works.)
  • And finally, a columnist at net has an interesting piece that touches on a chief concern that (she says) keeps manufacturers up at night – the potential liability for critical parts made with additive manufacturing. How do you assure end-use product reliability when “much of these process specifications aren’t as well developed” with additive manufacturing?

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