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A DARPA project shows how the wisdom of crowds can be tapped for a fresh take on how to manufacture something as complex as a combat vehicle.
Growing interest in “additive manufacturing” is leading to new business models and new ways to think about designing products.
Overhauling the manufacturing of biological drugs could make the process more reliable, improving access for patients.
Manufacturers can now be more flexible in the way they use planning software—a tool that’s been cumbersome and expensive in the past.
Robots have been considered too unpredictable and dangerous to work alongside humans in factories. Advances in artificial sensing and motion could change that.
Mass customization makes it far more practical to fabricate products in small quantities.
When too many companies outsource their manufacturing, the industrial ecosystem can suffer long-term consequences.
Suntech Power’s CTO argues that the secret to China’s success is not cheap labor but advanced equipment for making solar cells.