In honor of National Manufacturing Day, factories around the country are opening their doors, directing tours, holding seminars and conducting demonstrations — all for the love of American manufacturing.
In October last year, President Barack Obama declared it a national observance — held on the first Friday of the month — “because the next revolution in manufacturing should be an American revolution.” He noted that 1,400 businesses would be involved in the 2014 events, and 2015 has even more on the schedule.
So far, a total of 2,214 events are scheduled nationwide and take place throughout the year. But the action rightfully ramps up Friday, Oct. 2, and the surrounding days.
Out of the thousands of events, mainly targeting the next generation of STEM students, here are a few standouts.
- 3rd Dimension, a metal-additive manufacturer based in Indianapolis, is just one of many 3D printers to be opening up for cutting-edge demonstrations.
- Predator Software, in Beaverton, Oregon, holds an open house and presentation of their robotics, CNC machining and shop floor automation programs.
- A full day of events is scheduled for the Michigan Science Center, to kick off a series of other activities in southeast Michigan, including hands-on events for young children.
- SME, a Michigan-based association for manufacturers, is holding a 5K on Sept. 3. Fittingly, winners receive 3D printed medals and trophies.
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