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4 Ways to Protect Your Company from the Legal Risks of 3D Printing

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While 3D printing technology can bring tremendous benefits to manufacturers, it also comes with a myriad of legal risks. From the sharing of CAD files to potential liabilities for products manufactured by third party printers, there are many legal issues that have yet to be resolved in the courts.

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Manufacturing Jobs Are Returning to the U.S.

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The Reshoring Initiative estimates that over the past five years, more than 100,000 factory jobs have returned from overseas. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of manufacturing jobs that have been lost over the years, but experts say the tide is starting to turn.

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How Your Company Could Benefit from the New Manufacturing Competitiveness Act


More than 200 members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) wrote a letter recently to the House of Representatives in support of the The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, which proponents say will eliminate trade-distorting tariffs on imports that are critical to American manufacturers. NAM members called the relief the bill provides as “long overdue.” The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on April 13 by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and other committee leaders.

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7 Lessons in Employee Management from the Tyson Foods Contract Worker Ruling


Manufacturing CEOs may have been taken aback by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision holding Tyson Foods responsible for overtime pay for thousands of its plant workers, but legal experts said business leaders can learn a few significant things from the ruling that will help protect their own companies from such a future judgment.

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A Well-Kept Secret: This Auto Parts Maker is Finding All the Skilled Workers it Needs in South Central Michigan


The Great Recession sacked the metalcasting industry, of course, joining with technological advancements, foreign competition and tightening regulations to carve the base of 2,170 foundries down to about 1,965 facilities last year. But industry sales were expected to reach $33.5 billion by next year after bottoming out at $21.6 billion in 2009.

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How 3D Can Make Your Manufacturing Business More Competitive


3D printing is helping manufacturers get a leg up on their competition, as evidenced by several groundbreaking projects by firms such as GE making the world’s largest commercial jet using 3D printed parts, and automotive manufacturer Local Motors collaborating with Siemens to make the first 3D-printed car.

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Trade Deficit Grows; Exports to China Drop


The trade deficit rose above $47 billion in February, an increase of $1.2 billion over January, as monthly shipments to China dropped, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department.

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How the Internet of Things Adds to Briggs & Stratton’s Value Proposition

The Internet of Things (IoT) is triggering a paradigm shift in manufacturing, facilitating the collection of data that can be used not only to improve production processes and minimize delays, but also to allow companies to enhance the value proposition they offer their customers.

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