Digital technologies could lead U.S. manufacturing industry ahead of China
Many American manufacturing operations are now outsourced to China, but some experts say advanced technology could result in renewed activity in U.S. manufacturing.
In a recent Washington Post article, columnist Vivek Wadhwa examined the current manufacturing industry, concluding that digital technology like computer aided design (CAD), advanced 3D simulation software and 3D printers could lead the American manufacturing industry back to prominence.
The report said artificial intelligence, robotics and digital manufacturing will reshape manufacturing companies during the next few years, making the production process more creative, local and less expensive.
"What happens when you combine AI, robotics, and digital manufacturing? A manufacturing revolution, that will enable U.S. entrepreneurs to "set up shop" locally, and create a wide variety of products," Wadhwa explained. "As Kinko's is for 2D digital printing on paper, we will have shared public manufacturing facilities like TechShop where you can print your 3D products."
Several American industries already use CAD and simulation software to design, test and produce products. Digital manufacturing technologies enable companies to improve production efficiency, reduce time to market, lower costs and enhance quality, experts say.