Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is the name given to a subset of manufacturing activities that comprise a high information-technology or automation component in an application using emerging or novel materials and processes.  It is often easier to identify advanced manufacturing by the domains universally considered to apply: nanotechnology, renewable energy, robotics, and bioengineering, for example.  Yet as a paradigm for policy decision-making it is a flawed and unworkable concept.  I’ll explain why at a later date.

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