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Device for Manufacturing Students was Made by Manufacturing Students

An online, game-like welding simulator helps students get a hands-on look at a career in welding. The interesting thing about this simulator is that student manufacturers helped make the device.


Video: Student Outreach at IMTS

The Nightly Business Report visits IMTS to show how businesses are reaching out to future manufacturers.


Reality Redesigned: The Gauntlet

Nine design submissions are proceeding through “The Gauntlet” in The Edge Factor’s “Reality Redesigned” contest.


Yes Virginia, U.S. Manufacturing Is Alive and Well

During a recent press tour with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, MMS Editor Emily Tudor got to see what the state was doing to strengthen manufacturing and train the next generation of skilled workers.


The Value of Prototyping

“Reality Redesigned” judge Jeremy Bout inadvertently illustrated the value of prototyping when he tried to use his 3D printed model in production.


Kids These Days…

A recent survey points to bad attitude as one of the chief difficulties in finding and hiring skilled workers. Could there be something to the view that society has somehow failed to impart in young people the characteristics that made older generat...


Who Will Follow the 60,000?

A large part of the manufacturing workforce is starting to retire. Here’s how one group is encouraging a new generation to join the industry.


Reflections on the 2011 SkillsUSA Championships

Late last month, top students from across the country competed in a contest to test their machining and programming skills. One of the coordinators reflects on the meaning and value of this event.


Addressing the Skills Shortage

A popular technical education conference and the president’s recent announcement of a new manufacturing training credentialing system provide reason for optimism amid the ongoing shortage of skilled workers.


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