In a statement, Raymond Vaccari, director of ManufactureNJ Talent Network, said the partnership helps “to provide both practical and theoretical information about additive manufacturing, (as) ManufactureNJ Talent Network and New Jersey Innovation Institute hope to accelerate additive manufacturing's adaption as a means of continuing to help this industry sector to thrive in New Jersey.”
At the event, speakers observed recent technological advances in manufacturing, identified the issues that arose and prognosticated as to potential directions for the industry.
Speakers looked at the impact these advances were having in the military, academic and private industry fields.
Jim Allen, president of New York City-based Voodoo Manufacturing, spoke on how 3D printing was changing the landscape of manufacturing. In his speech, he mentioned how his company was employing robotics, automation and software to enhance the 3D manufacturing process.
“In many ways, I look at automation and software as enablers,” he said. “In our case, this is creating jobs: I’m able to hire people with a high school diploma or, at most, an associate's degree that may have taken a (computer-aided design), course and that’s all I need to run this factory.”
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