CIRAS DIGEST: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • ICYMI, CIRAS publicly unveiled its new metal additive manufacturing machine last week, formally cutting the ribbon with actual 3-D printed scissors. The event got front-page treatment in The Des Moines Register and roughly 1:40 on KCCI-TV in Des Moines. You can find all the details and some links to other media coverage here.
  • And with that bit of happy news, we turn right to the story on KWWL-TV’s website, in which two AP business writers warn of “The Big Uh-Oh,” which is defined as a concern among investors that the global economy is shaky “and cavalry might not come.”
  • In other news, Market Watch describes the “yin and yang of the economy,” which includes housing market that’s warming even as manufacturing cools.
  • And, the Cedar Rapids Gazette has a guest column from the Cedar Rapids city manager detailing how a partnership between his city and Iowa State University helps promote “innovation and economic development.”
  • Meanwhile, Fortune has a story about the fact that “Workers are the Biggest Asset in the Evolving Manufacturing Industry.” The best workplaces in the industry, as defined by Fortune, “stand apart not only for the level of trust their employees express in anonymous surveys, but also for defying outdated perceptions of working in these industries.”
  • Speaking of which, Fortune also has a list of the “15 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production.”
  • And just in case you’re interested, Google is looking for manufacturing people to help the company build self-driving cars.

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