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Beyond Talking: Seeing is Believing

This year the AMBA Chicago Chapter will be hold two symposiums promoting careers in advanced manufacturing, but this time teachers, career counselors and superintendents will have the opportunity to see advanced manufacturing in action.


Project-Based Learning – The Rest of the Story

In this month’s issue of MMT, I wrote about an instructor’s strategy for teaching his mechanical engineering students about moldmaking via project-based learning. I couldn’t include absolutely everything this instructor teaches his students, so I th...


Don’t Miss One Critically Important Aspect of IMTS

I can’t wait for IMTS, which will take place in Chicago from September 12-17. There is so much to see in the way of new manufacturing technologies and so many new people to meet – but that’s only one of the reasons I can’t wait.


Are You Blazing New Trails to Build Your Future Workforce?

I’ve been working in the manufacturing industry for many years now, and I know that manufacturers have struggled far too long to bridge the skills gap. Thank goodness for moldmaker ingenuity and the desire to rise above the roadblocks!


What You Put Out There Comes Back to You

Surely there is truth in this headline. I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes and recently witnessed it again when I participated with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division as its Mold Maker of the Year Award was presente...


VIDEO: Molds, Michigan and Mike Rowe?

I cannot tell a lie. I was beyond thrilled to finally see Mike Rowe acknowledge moldmaking in his quest to promote the value of manufacturing to this country.


Crossing the Skills Gap One Student at a Time

Every year, thousands of high school and college students who are enrolled in public career and technical programs make their way to the SkillsUSA national-level championships to compete for scholarships and awards. These students are the best in th...


Young Folks Spend a Day at a Machine Shop

It's hard to have conversations with young people about manufacturing if they have never been in a shop. Luckily, MMS editor Derek Korn recently got a chance to take some millennials to a nearby advanced machine shop. Read their impressions followin...


Training the Manufacturers of Tomorrow

Students at Northern Maine Community College's Precision Machining Program receive valuable real-world CNC experience and other manufacturing training.


Let the Games and Trash Talk Begin!

Like the Chicago Chapter of the AMBA, the West Michigan Chapter is stepping up its game and will hold its first Supplier Night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 29.


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