Cool Manufacturing Stuff

By April 8, 2005General

There are two websites we want to call your attention to, both featuring cool manufacturing stuff.

The first is part of our own NAM website and is more text-based, but includes some neat articles highlighting innovation in manufacturing. One, from the Wall Street Journal, talks about how Boeing and Airbus are reinventing airplane manufacturing, while another — also from the Wall St. Journal — profiles Horner Flooring of Dollar Bay, Michigan, a small manufacturer that has developed new and improved flooring for basketball courts which was used during the NCAA Tournament. Keep checking the site, as new articles will be added all the time.

The other site you need to check out is from the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford University, especially the section aptly named, “How Everyday Things Are Made“. As they say in their intro:

If you’ve ever wondered how things are made – products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles – or if you’ve been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you’ve come to the right place.

Indeed you have. All in all, they have almost 4 hours of manufacturing video, covering some 40 different products. It’s a virtual factory tour, without ever leaving the house — a must-see for the manufacturing buff/couch potatoes among us.