Category Archives: Materials and Manufacturing Innovation

Jared Kosters

Many small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are likely rejoicing over the recent launch of the Manufacturing and Polymer Portal — a new online platform that gives them affordable access to manufacturing simulation tools. Understanding a product’s performance has traditionally required

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Warren Hunt

Innovation ecosystems. Regional clusters. Industrial commons. Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation. All of these mechanisms are important for advancing the critical technologies needed to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector. But how can the U.S. government support the emergence of advanced manufacturing

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Jared Kosters
Critical Research for Critical Materials
Jared KostersJuly 18, 2013

Critical materials, such as platinum, indium, tellurium, and certain rare earth metals, are vital to the large-scale deployment of next-generation energy generation and storage technologies. Increasing global demand for cleaner, more efficient energy technologies is threatening the supply and driving

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Ross Brindle

This week The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) released a new report, Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Implementing ICME in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Maritime Industries. The report is intended to be used as a practical handbook for those attempting

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Warren Hunt

Last week, the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) turned two years old—a milestone that served as both a reason to celebrate the initiative’s building momentum and a time to reflect on what the ambitious public-private endeavor still needs to accomplish. The

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Warren Hunt

In a prior post, I discussed the need for collaboration and data sharing across the materials community to advance the Materials Innovation Infrastructure. The announcement of collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and ASM International on

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Ross Brindle

There are probably more plastics and composites in your car than you think. They are used in much of the interior of vehicles, as well as exterior parts like bumpers, and are even used in the engine. As plastics technology

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Jared Kosters
Disruptive Innovation: 3-D Printing
Jared KostersJune 4, 2013

Have you ever heard someone say that innovation can be disruptive? Disruptive innovation means that a new product or service creates a new market while also replacing or competing with existing markets. By now, you’ve probably heard about 3-D printing—also

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Warren Hunt
ICME for All: Coming Soon?
Warren HuntMay 23, 2013

Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) has been demonstrated as a cost- and time-saving approach to materials development and manufacturing implementation for large organizations with sizable budgets. But when will it become a tool that is feasible for more widespread use?

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Warren Hunt

In my last post, I referenced an essay in the recent Scientific American series, “How to Make the Next Big Thing,” that describes how manufacturing is changing. Penned by Ricardo Hausmann, the essay, “The Short History of the Future of Manufacturing,”

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