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Posted on October 5th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications


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Another October, another National Manufacturing Day. Here’s a short list of things you can do this Friday, October 7th.

Often depicted as a spark or “eureka” moment in contemporary culture, innovation is typically recognized or celebrated as the genesis of an idea. However, the best idea in the world will remain just that until someone figures out how to make it. National Manufacturing Day celebrated the first Friday of October in the United States is a recognition of the importance of the manufacturing industry in America and those who make the products that change our lives a reality.

Beginning in 2012, National Manufacturing Day was created to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy, illustrate advancements in contemporary manufacturing techniques, and educate students and the public on next-generation careers in manufacturing fields. A variety of events are planned throughout the nation by companies and organizations of all sizes. From plant tours to education seminars, here are some things you can do to get in on the celebration:

  1. Visit the Manufacturing Day Website
  2. Check out the latest on their facebook page
  3. Share your thoughts or plans on social media using #MFGday16
  4. Explore scheduled events in your area
  5. Visit a makerspace near you
  6. Learn about a manufacturing process that is new to you (this list may help) and why it is used

Advanced manufacturing techniques have helped us push the bounds of physical limitations in materials. An example from my past is a process known as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) which uses heat and pressure to improve the mechanical properties of the superalloys used in aerospace.

Manufacturing is a critical skill in all industrialized societies. Events like National Manufacturing Day help draw attention to the advancements and cutting edge work being accomplished throughout our country every day. Do what you can to join in the celebration and expand your appreciation for how an idea goes from a concept to your hands and for those that do it.

What do you plan to do for National Manufacturing Day? Tell us about your quest for unconventional knowledge and what it could mean for the future of your products or companies. Share your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to follow us on your favorite social media channel.

All opinions shared in this post are the author’s own.

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