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Manufacturing

Can We Build Tomorrow's Breakthroughs?

Manufacturing in the United States is in trouble. That's bad news not just for the country's economy but for the future of innovation.

The Chinese Solar Machine

Chinese manufacturers have ­dominated the international ­market for conventional solar ­panels by ­building bigger ­factories faster. Now they will need to ­innovate to maintain their lead.

Layer by Layer

With 3-D printing, manufacturers can make existing products more efficiently—and create ones that weren't possible before.

How a Cheap Plastic Film Can Give Your Smartphone a 3-D Screen

A plastic smartphone screen cover patterned with tiny lenses could help mobile 3-D take off.

4-D Printing Looks Cool, but What's the Point

An impressive video shows a strand of material that folds itself into prescribed shape underwater. The inventor explains how the underlying idea could be useful.

What’s Left for Kodak After Its $525 Million Patent Sale?

Now that the struggling company is exiting consumer markets, it can turn its focus to technologies that matter to manufacturers.

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