EYE ON INNOVATION: Mfg. Day Highlights Industry’s High-Tech Future

In a recent GE commercial, the parents of a young, bespectacled software developer, implore him to accept his “grandpappy’s” giant sledge hammer, now that he’s working in manufacturing for GE.

The flustered son tries to explain: “Yes, GE makes powerful machines. I’ll be writing the code that allows those machines to share information with each other.” The baffled parents just don’t get it. See for yourself:

The spot effectively shows the quantum leap manufacturing has taken. In fact, as the Huffington Post reports, the global manufacturing sector is in the midst of what many manufacturing experts regard as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known globally as Industry 4.0.

This new era of digital manufacturing is being showcased today, Friday, Oct. 2, dubbed by the industry as Manufacturing Day, an annual event (scheduled the first Friday of October) meant to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

The shop floor at Proto Labs’ Plymouth, Minn. plant.

More than 2,000 events throughout North America are scheduled to occur today or in October as a part of this manufacturing showcase.

At Proto Labs, we proudly salute our colleagues in our industry, as we take a leadership role in advancing and accelerating innovation with our automated processes, from online ordering to design analysis to manufacturing parts via rapid 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding technologies.

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