Manufacturing with a Cool Factor

Dirty, dark, dangerous, dull… these are some “D words” that used to be associated with manufacturing. “The industry is no longer a dull, oily, greasy environment where things gets made, like it was 20 years ago” says MAGNET senior design engineer, Dave Pierson. Dave was featured in this article from Freshwater Cleveland about the meteoric rise of additive manufacturing.

MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) is partnering with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in its three-dimensional venture. Pierson is excited about a process that can build everything from robotic hands to economy-class airplane seats.

The cost and time savings for quality printed steel rather than ordinary stamped steel is upwards of 90 percent. Though printed steel may not have the same sex appeal as robots and comfy plane chairs, it nicely illustrates the limitless possibilities presented by 3D design, Pierson says.

“To be competitive we have to look at the resources available in additive manufacturing and plug them into local area manufacturers,” says Pierson. “If companies don’t have their finger on the pulse of the industry, they’re going to fall behind very quickly.”

The tech has come a ways from decades-old stereolithography practices, when Pierson would send files by snail mail to California or New York and get back the finished part within a few weeks. Today, he can transmit a prototype design from his laptop to MAGNET’s offices and have parts ready a few hours later. Young job seekers at Tri-C, Case or Lorain Community College’s Fab Lab who want to operate outside the confines of traditional manufacturing now have the same opportunity, a thrilling proposition for a region trying to change its image.

Let’s destroy those “D words” previously used to describe manufacturing, and update the mantra to digital, dimensions, and design! Because, as Pierson puts it, “this is manufacturing with a cool factor!”

What D words can you think of to describe manufacturing?

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