“He encouraged me to do a startup; If he hadn’t encouraged me, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” says Pritesh Yeole, as he reflects on his career journey. The “he” Pritesh is referring to–Uday Vaidya, aka the Kevin Bacon of Composites–has a knack for connecting talent and inspiring entrepreneurs.

“They’re like free birds honestly,” Uday describes...

Lightweight Materials, Materials

In a concerted effort to address the critical workforce shortages in the U.S. casting and forging industry, IACMI–The Composites Institute®, in a multi-million dollar partnership with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program, announced today it has partnered with Pennsylvania State University (PSU)...

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Circular Economy, Composites, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Twins, Flexible Hybrid Electronics

South by Southwest (SXSW) celebrates innovation and technology and provides a forum for creative thinkers to discuss what’s next and learn about the resources that can help them build the future. Over 300,000 people attend the annual conference and festival, and in 2024, the Manufacturing USA network had the opportunity to present its first...


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Today, leaders from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy; and the National Science Foundation; and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast) gathered at the White House to announce over $5 billion in expected investment in the CHIPS R&D program, including the National...

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Manufacturing Jobs, Materials, Metals, Workforce

“Remember Goldilocks—not too fast, not too slow, just right. You ready?” That’s Dr. Bob Voigt, a Materials Science and Engineering professor at Penn State University, coaching me on my first casting experience.

I’m wearing a reflective silver suit from head to toe, high-temperature gloves, and a face shield. Minutes before, I’d been scooping sand...