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PwC Study Finds That The Skills Gap Is Alive and Well At Many Companies

two men inspecting tiles at a tile manufacturing facilityWhen we first discussed the skills gap back in 2012, we cited a shocking number: 600,000. At that point just under 4 years ago now, 600,000 was the number of skilled manufacturing jobs currently open according to the Manufacturing Institute. That’s over half a million jobs open!

Over these last four years leading up to today, the skills gap has manifested itself in many different ways. So, too, has the conversation about the skills gap changed. Will lost manufacturing jobs reduce the gap? Will automation replace human workers? What’s in store for millennials who get into manufacturing careers today? Continue Reading

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Airbus’ THOR Proves Planes Can Be 3D Printed

airbus thor on displayWe’ve seen 3D printed shoes. And braces. And prosthetics. And even cars! But one thing we’ve yet to see is a 3D printed plane.

Until today. Well, Monday to be precise. That’s when international plane manufacturer Airbus revealed Airbus THOR, a plane that’s–you guessed it–3D printed. Continue Reading

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Dispelling the Biggest Myths About Modern American Manufacturing

airbus planes being manufactured “The landscape in advanced manufacturing has evolved. A serious misconception is that manufacturing is dirty, dark or dangerous; and isn’t seen as an optimal career choice. The reality is far from that.”

Those were the words of Jeffrey Krause, the CEO of industry organization SME, in a statement for a report about parents’ misconceptions of modern American manufacturing careers.

The study sought to uncover the biggest misconceptions parents have about careers in manufacturing today. The study, released last month, found that many parents have largely outdated views about manufacturing. For example, more than 20% of parents surveyed by SME view manufacturing as an outdated and/or dirty work environment, and half of respondents don’t see manufacturing as exciting or challenging. Not to mention the quarter of parents who don’t think manufacturing is a well-paying career path. Continue Reading

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Researchers Are Designing A Robot That Feels Pain

robot touch Different people have completely different opinions about robots.

Those in manufacturing may see robots as helpful tools that complete tasks most humans would find too menial to do day in and day out. Those who like the Terminator films may see robots as unstoppable forces that are to be feared rather than loved. Those in the middle may be plain indifferent.

Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, what would you think about robots that could feel pain? Continue Reading

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Dual Enrollment: The Fast Track to a Job In the Skilled Trades?

working on an industrial valve A key problem that’s on our minds often here at Dream It Do It is the skills gap: companies in manufacturing and the skilled trades have many jobs open, but there aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to fill them.

Ask 10 different people the solution to the skills gap and you’re likely to get 10 different answers–it’s clear that there’s no one silver bullet to get more workers in the pipeline to start filling jobs. And yet, even in those many different answers, you’ll probably hear a common theme: education. Continue Reading

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Survey: Executives Believe Women in STEM Roles Helps the Bottom Line

US-STEM-StudentAccording to a new survey of executives done by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry, a majority of executives believe that having women in STEM roles in their companies is likely to do great things for their company’s bottom line.

However, while 63% of the 913 responses indicated that the executive personally believed that having women in STEM roles would be good for the company, a much lower percentage (30%) indicated that it was not required of them to include female candidates in their recruiting process.  Continued…

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Growth On the Horizon: 3D and 4D Technology To Be Worth $314 Billion By 2022, Study Says

gear VR exhibition for samsungLong-time readers of our blog will know that we’re big fans of new manufacturing technology–not the least important of which is 3D printing. The technology is already having a tremendous impact on many industries including manufacturing, and for a long time, there’s been speculation about the tech’s growing impact heading into the future.

Well, in case you weren’t already convinced about 3D printing’s importance, consider this: in a new study, global market research company MarketsandMarkets estimated that the advanced 3D and 4D technology industries are going to be worth $314 billion by the year 2022! Continue Reading

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Lincoln Elementary Schools Awarded Grant for New STEM Programs

kahoa elementary schoolExciting news for students of Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools in Lincoln, Nebraska: thanks to a new corporate grant from Big Red Keno, they will soon have their own STEM after-school programs!

On April 12th, Big Red Keno announced the awarding of more than $70,000 through its science and math program. 10 elementary and secondary schools in Nebraska received funding, including Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools. Continue Reading

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Meet New Balance Zante Generate, a 3D Printed Shoe

new balance zante generate We first discussed 3D printed shoes over 2 years ago, when London designer and researcher Shamees Aden introduced a self-healing running shoe at the Wearable Futures conference. Then, just last December, we mentioned that New Balance partnered up with 3D design studio Nervous System to begin prototyping a 3D printed shoe.

Although the self-healing 3D printed shoe we mentioned in 2013 is still pretty far from reality, New Balance’s partnership with Nervous System paid off earlier this week when New Balance announced it was releasing its first ever 3D printed running shoe, the New Balance Zante Generate. Continue Reading

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6 3D Printable Things to Help Change the World

3d printed yoda head We’ve shown you how 3D printing has gone from small scale to the industrial scale and how a 3D printer found a new home on the International Space Station. We’ve shown you amazing inventions created using 3D printers.

We truly believe in the potential of 3D printing to change the world for the better. Rapid prototyping and distributed manufacturing is becoming easier, cheaper, and more accessible than ever. And just in case you thought you couldn’t get enough about 3D printers, here are six more inventions made by 3D printers that are sure to change the world! Continued…

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