CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, September 18, 2015

  • Fortune has a piece looking at manufacturers’ ongoing shift from using additive manufacturing techniques for making prototypes to using them for making real, end-use parts. The headline: “Why 3D printing is the future of manufacturing, not just a cool gimmick.”
  • Delaware needs more training to reverse an erosion of manufacturing jobs, according to a study described in The News Journal.
  • Manufacturing.net has a video up about new “printed memory” shipping labels, which contain information that apparently is impossible to copy. Xerox says it’s an anti-counterfeiting move.
  • ICYMI, the U.S. Federal Reserve opted not to raise interest rates right now. KGAN-TV has the basics in an AP story.
  • Industry Week blames a pullback by the auto industry for pushing overall manufacturing numbers down in August.
  • And The New York Times has a post that seeks to explain a lot of mixed signals out there about the U.S. economy. The article, entitled “Why Americans Still Think the Economy is Terrible,” notes that while the stock market is up and unemployment is down, American household incomes have been largely stagnant and actually lost ground in 2014.
  • ICYMI, the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced earlier this week that that there will be up to $70 million in funding available for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on “smart manufacturing.”

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