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Media Advisory 14-013

Learn the latest on advanced manufacturing at a June 17 Capitol Hill briefing

NSF, DISCOVER Magazine and ASME present "Made to Order: Customization in Internet-enabled Manufacturing"

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June 12, 2014

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"Made to order," a phrase that began with the service industry, is now vital to the future of U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturing production is growing at its fastest pace in more than a decade, creating more economic value per dollar than any other sector. Adding to this surge is customization--the ability to quickly and efficiently make what you want, when you want it.

Large-scale customization is possible due to a combination of Internet-based business platforms and technological advances in manufacturing. From 3-D printing to cyber-physical manufacturing systems, today's and tomorrow's engineering research holds promise to improve productivity in both production and the supply chain, benefiting suppliers and customers along the way.

Next week, learn the latest on advanced manufacturing at a lunch panel featuring experts in the field:


Customization in Internet-enabled manufacturing



Kathi Kube, Managing Editor, DISCOVER Magazine

Thomas Gardner, Chief Technology Officer, Scitor Corporation; Member, ASME Industry Advisory Board

Grace Wang, National Science Foundation

Steven Schmid, University of Notre Dame

Neil Gershenfeld, MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms



Tuesday, June 17, 2014, noon to 1 p.m.


Where:Capitol Visitor Center, located underground on the east side of the U.S. Capitol, at First St. and E. Capitol St., Room HVC-215

RSVP: Lisa-Joy Zgorski, (for credentialed members of the media)

NSF has long supported research to bring about transformational advances in manufacturing--from early NSF investments in additive manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s to today's broad portfolio of current research investments enabling new paradigms for manufacturing in the coming decades.

Some promising frontier research areas include those in autonomous systems, bio-manufacturing, breakthrough materials and materials design, digital design and manufacturing methods, nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, novel semiconductor design and manufacturing and smart manufacturing with cyber-physical systems.

Learn more about NSF investments in advanced manufacturing on the NSF website, and find out at the briefing how new technologies are already changing manufacturing.


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Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

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