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The Science of Digital Fabrication

May. 2013- One of President Obama’s top priorities is advanced manufacturing —the use of cutting-edge technologies to spur innovation in product development or manufacturing processes. As he said during his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama wants to make America “a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.”  That’s why his FY14 budget includes $2.9 billion for ...

Where Nanotechnology is Going in 2013

Feb. 2013- Simply smart solutions to a complex world of challengesEach New Year is the start of another journey, isn’t it?  As 2013 begins, I’m seeing a converging path, one where innovation meets advanced manufacturing meets environmentalism.  Best of all, it’s leading across a wide open landscape of a growing economy.  Let’s take the indicators one by one.

Air Force Award to FlexTech Alliance Will Accelerate Development of New Nano-Bio Devices

Feb. 2013- Remote, wireless monitoring of physiological functions and structural performance in real time has long been a goal of many manufacturing industries. Achievement of that goal is now a step closer to reality with the announcement today of an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) award to FlexTech Alliance of San Jose, Calif. The Alliance has been selected to launch a new manufacturing consortium ...

Accelerating Progress for Advanced Manufacturing: Enabling Technologies, Barriers, Infrastructure, and Partnership Models for Roll-to-Roll Nanofabrication

Jun. 2012- Flexible and printed electronics technologies have advanced to the stage where inexpensively printing high performance devices on continuous rolls of polymer-based substrates now promises to revolutionize advanced manufacturing. The recently published report from the NIST-NNN Workshop on Nanofabrication Technologies for Roll-to-Roll Processing, an Academic-Industry Workshop on Technologies for ...

Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology: The Role of Nanomanufacturing

Mar. 2012- In developing a strategy for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) have emphasized the need to enable more effective technology transfer and provide added focus on nanomanufacturing and commercialization. These objectives are intended to foster needed economic development within the U.S., while also providing a ...

Calculating the Cost of Advanced Manufacturing

Mar. 2012- For Tim Gutowski, advanced manufacturing is an opportunity not just to boost employment, but also to improve the environment. The Environmentally Benign Manufacturing group studies the life cycle of new technologiesSource: MIT News Gutowski heads MIT’s Environmentally Benign Manufacturing research group, which looks at the environmental costs and impacts associated with manufacturing ...

Advanced Manufacturing – Providing the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Growth

Feb. 2012- Following up on recent announcements regarding the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and the Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing released last June by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), this week the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has released a new National Strategic Plan for Advanced ...

UMass Amherst Nanotechnology Center Receives $20 Million Renewal of Federal Grant to Boost Advanced Manufacturing, Economic Growth

Sep. 2011- AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a national research center on nanomanufacturing. The grant will fund the university’s Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM). A signature CHM effort is focused on roll-to-roll nanoscale processing of flexible electronics and high ...