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An Indiana startup says it's going to "cut through the hype" surrounding a new trend in manufacturing. The excitement centers on 3-D printing technology, a relatively new concept in the industry that involves a type of robot "printing" a three-dimensional object. Guided by a computer, successive layers are laid down until the object is complete. However, Crawfordsville-based Frontier Additive Manufacturing says a problem lurks within those layers that compromises the quality of the finished product. It's a glitch that has puzzled engineers and stunted the adoption of 3-D printing, but the startup says it's cracked the code to unleash the method's true potential.
The 2014 Indiana Manufacturing Survey describes an industry stronger than at any time in the last decade and poised for continued growth. Indiana already leads the nation in manufacturing job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 78 percent of respondents in the newly released Katz, Sapper & Miller survey predict the industry will continue to grow over the next two years. In fact, the survey showed a 150 percent increase over 2013 in the number of companies that hope to open a new manufacturing facility in Indiana sometime in the next two years.
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