How a National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation

Story excerpt provided by Forbes.

Written by Rebecca O. Bagley

A formerly abandoned warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio is home to the latest 3D printing technology; at North Carolina State University next generation power electronics are being developed; in Chicago a consortium of companies, non-profits and research institutions is working on digital manufacturing and design innovation; in Detroit new processes to make lightweight metals are being developed.

These are the four pilot institutes for the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a collection of up to 45 regional hubs with the goal to spur development of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

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Originally published October 3, 2014.

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