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3D printing, or additive manufacturing, becoming more mainstream across many manufacturing sectors

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, becoming more mainstream across many manufacturing sectors

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing is growing in practicality and popularity. In some industries, it has risen to prominence as the indispensable short run and prototype manufacturing.     3D printing sounds sexy — and it’s definitely brilliant — but not everyone understands exactly what this technology is, and does. With “additive printing”, a designer… Continue Reading

3D printed homes in 24 Hours — printed on site: printed villas, offices and floating saunas?

3D printed homes in 24 Hours — printed on site: printed villas, offices and floating saunas?

3D Printing’s potential has hardly been tapped. NASA has programs in place to 3D print components for base stations on Mars and replacement parts for space ships. Medical clinics use 3D printing to replicate bones for spinal repair, precisely shaping the replacement from the original bone. And although buildings have long been printed as components,… Continue Reading

Manufacturing continues to grow but exports decline, increasing Canada’s trade deficit in February

Manufacturing continues to grow but exports decline, increasing Canada’s trade deficit in February

Canada’s manufacturing sector continued to grow in March according to the Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) which measures business conditions in the sector. The PMI rose from 54.7 in February to 55.5 in March. Stronger domestic demand in the energy sector pushed new orders higher, and employment reached its highest level since June… Continue Reading

Greater transparency, accountability called for in new homes warranty plan for Ontario

Greater transparency, accountability called for in new homes warranty plan for Ontario

  Following the completion of a study of Ontario’s new homes warranty plan, the government says it will follow the study author’s recommendations and end the monopoly currently held by Tarion Warranty Corporation, changing to a competitive, multi-provider, more insurance-like warranty system. The four essential functions of the warranty program are to be taken over… Continue Reading

World’s largest gate valves will operate in Texas water pipeline

World’s largest gate valves will operate in Texas water pipeline

No doubt overshadowed, in Canada at least, by the breaking news that US President Trump has approved the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline, another pipeline story is unfolding in Texas, this one concerning water. The Integrated Pipeline Project (IPL) is tiny in terms of distance covered, compared to Keystone: it will run just 241 kilometres, compared… Continue Reading

Canada’s manufacturing sales rose in 2016, led by cars, food

Canada’s manufacturing sales rose in 2016, led by cars, food

Manufacturing sales rose in 2016 after declining in 2015, Statistics Canada reports. Sales were up 1 per cent to $614.4 billion last year, reaching a record $53.5 billion in December. The highest previous monthly record was $53.1 billion in July of 2008. Ten of the twenty-one industries in the manufacturing sector reported gains in 2016,… Continue Reading

Little agreement on whether it works, but governments press ahead with infrastructure spending

Little agreement on whether it works, but governments press ahead with infrastructure spending

Public infrastructure is one of the few forms of government spending that both liberals and conservatives support, says The Economist in a 2014 article on the subject. Citing a study by the International Monetary Fund, the respected British magazine added that the economic benefits of infrastructure spending, principally growth through higher demand in the short… Continue Reading

Strong manufacturing rebound in February led by energy sector

Strong manufacturing rebound in February led by energy sector

Manufacturers in Canada took orders, bought raw materials and raised production levels in February at the fastest rate in more than two years. The robust and accelerated growth contributed to a sustained recovery in job creation and business confidence in the manufacturing sector, according to the latest IHS Markit report. The Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing… Continue Reading

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"Well, I've never been in Austin Texas. Now, I'm driving in Austin, Texas," said Steve Mahan, th [more]
Ford to boost profits by cutting 1400 salaried workers in North America and Asia
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