One clear message from the presidential election is that the dream of good factory jobs still resonates in America’s rust belt. Despite the push for students to pursue STEM careers or move into the service sector, Americans still want to make stuff.
Opposing a looming reset on “Free Trade,” globalization advocates often argue that “those jobs are never coming back” and that “automation is about to eliminate most factory jobs anyway.”
There are indeed very exciting things happening in manufacturing today that promise to make the modern factory a very different facility than the one granddad carried that metal lunch box to.
New materials, nanotech, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), additive manufacturing (3D printing) and improvements in every process from separations to welding will make the factory of tomorrow astoundingly productive.
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