The next generation of the U.S. workforce will be the first to grow up entirely in the digital age - with robotics engrained in every step of their education, just as it will be in the workplace, said Scott Eckert, CEO of Rethink Robotics.
What's really interesting about 3-D printing is not how it's augmenting the way things are done traditionally. It's the way designers are utilizing 3-D printing as a new paradigm to help design a new kind of object, says Jon Cobb of Stratasys.
Research shows 76 companies that implemented industrial or factory / warehouse robots actually increased the number of employees by 294,000 over the last three years.
This new software-based technology would let plug-in electric vehicles from all participating automakers communicate with the power companies, managing vehicle charging to help keep the electric grid in balance and running efficiently.
Mcor Technologies' 3-D printers use ordinary, everyday reams of office paper, stacked and printed in full, high-res color and cut into intricate 3-D shapes.
Manufacturers are crossing the threshold from printed prototype to producing end-products. Along the way, they're finding how they can leverage the technology as a transformative tool.