2018 MForesight National Summit

June 13, 2018
Washington, DC

Now in its third year, the MForesight National Summit is a unique one-day event that attracts a diverse range of leading thinkers focused on the future of American manufacturing. The event will have both a technology keynote, Blake Moret, CEO of Rockwell Automation, and a policy keynote, Willy Shih of Harvard Business School. We hope you can join us.

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Grand Challenges in U.S. Manufacturing

Boston; Washington, DC; Austin; San Jose; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Detroit

MForesight is convening national thought leaders, through a series of regional roundtables, to conduct a major study on the future of U.S. innovation and manufacturing. This project will seek to address “grand challenges” for our manufacturing sector—the degradation of the Industrial Commons, the offshoring of research and development (R&D), and the dearth of financing for “hardware” start-ups and scale-ups. The goal is to identify new actionable recommendations for public and private decision makers to maintain or restore domestic manufacturing capabilities and capture the full value from U.S. R&D investments.

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High Entropy Alloy Manufacturing

December 7, 2017
Washington, DC

High entropy alloys (HEAs), which consist of five or more elements in roughly equal quantities, have gained interest over recent years for their range of unique properties. These advanced alloys have applications in light-weighting, high-temperature environments (e.g. turbines), catalysts, coatings, magnetics, rare-earth replacement, and a range of other areas that require extraordinary material properties or seek to reduce the use of costly elements. HEAs open up a wealth of new opportunities for the United States economy, yet lack an economically viable path to scalable manufacturing.

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Harnessing Materials Innovations to Support Next-Generation Manufacturing Technologies

October 12, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

This MForesight workshop, convened in collaboration with the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), is focused on forecasting and harnessing major materials science and engineering (MS&E) innovations that will unlock new opportunities for the next wave of manufacturing.

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Cost-Effective Low-Volume Manufacturing (MSEC 2017)

MForesight hosted a workshop during the ASME-MSEC Conference at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to listen to experts, share ideas and build partnerships to broaden technical capabilities and access to low-volume manufacturing. A whitepaper with workshop outcomes is forthcoming.

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Metamaterials Manufacturing

Metamaterials can exhibit extraordinary mechanical, acoustic, optical, radio, and surface properties. These materials have the potential to greatly benefit aerospace, defense, medical instrumentation, biomedical, optics, sensing, telecommunication, robotics, and an array of other industry sectors. Many lab-scale prototypes have been created that are small, and use a slow and expensive process; scalable manufacturing is what is missing. MForesight is hosting a workshop to address this issue.

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Manufacturing Workforce Development

MForesight wants to help ensure an educated, skilled, and ready U.S. manufacturing workforce, competent and confident in using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies and new materials and processes in advanced manufacturing. To that end, the Education & Workforce Development Working Group compiled a report of over 30 relevant programs and initiatives.

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Past Projects & Events

FABTECH 2017
PARTNERING FORUM ON ADVANCED MANUFACTURING: SHAPING & JOINING TECHNOLOGIES
CYBERSECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS
NEXT-GENERATION SUPPLY CHAINS
MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT 2017
CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: CYBER SECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING, SPRING 2017
MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT 2016
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING, FALL 2016
DEMOCRATIZING MANUFACTURING
MANUFACTURING 101
MAKING TO MANUFACTURING COMPETITION
BIOMANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
BIOMANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENGINEERING BIOLOGY