The First Shift Blog

U.S. Manufacturing

Emerging Trends in 3D Printing: 2019 and Beyond

Emerging Trends in 3D Printing: 2019 and Beyond

3D printing has a bright future in the world of “Industry 4.0” and the advanced manufacturing sector of cyber-physical systems. Increasingly diverse raw materials, sophisticated modeling technologies, precise outputs, and more expands every year.

5 Steps to Mitigating Risk in Your Supply Chain

5 Steps to Mitigating Risk in Your Supply Chain

Risk mitigation isn’t something you just talk about. It’s something you have to do. Here are five practical and actionable steps anyone can take that will mitigate risk along the supply chain.

Best Practices for Prototyping in the Age of Advanced Manufacturing

Best Practices for Prototyping in the Age of Advanced Manufacturing

The prototyping process isn’t just getting faster; it’s also getting more fractured. No one’s approach is the same anymore, and everyone’s looking for an edge. The tools to transform prototyping are available to the manufacturer willing to utilize them.

Building Trust and Predictability in Manufacturing

Building Trust and Predictability in Manufacturing

For our growing customer base and expanding partner network, fair price and predictability define trust, and the one thing we can all agree on over the next five years is that we need more trust in an increasingly volatile global marketplace.

The Pros and Cons of Online Manufacturing

The Pros and Cons of Online Manufacturing

There are so many benefits of online manufacturing procurement that highlighting a handful seems unfair. That being said, there are some positives that rise to the top faster than others — especially when you look at the traditional practices and processes that still hold sway in U.S. manufacturing.