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AIM Photonics and Spark Photonics Team Up to Develop Hands-on Educational PIC Chip

Spark Photonics, a MadeinMA commercial photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design house and AIM Photonics have teamed up to develop a new educational PIC chip! The chip and kit are entirely designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed in the U.S., providing new hands-on learning for integrated photonics.

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WPI Researchers Are Awarded +$1.7 Million to Develop Electronic Gloves that Tele-operate Robotic Systems

SEMI-FlexTech, a consortium working to advance manufacturing of printed flexible electronics, has awarded $920,696 in federal funds from a cooperative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory for development of the glove. The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), a state effort to advance manufacturing innovations and job growth through industry-academic collaborations, has awarded an additional $844,242 for the purchase of equipment at WPI and UMass Lowell that will be used to produce and test a prototype glove.

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WPI Becomes a Member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA Institutes

WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of 12 of the 16 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines.

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ABCorp Expands Library of Materials for Additive Manufacturing

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Banknote Corporation (ABCorp), one of the longest-standing manufacturing service providers in the U.S., announced the expansion of their Boston-based Center of Excellence capabilities. ABCorp adds Nylon 11 (PA11) to the catalog of cutting-edge materials at the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Boston MA.

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M2I2 Award Funds $1.6M Robotics Project in North-Central Massachusetts

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – On Friday, October 15, 2021, Christine Nolan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the MassTech Collaborative (CAM) joined leaders from the North Central Massachusetts manufacturing community and elected officials including Congressman Jim McGovern for the opening of Solvus Global’s new Center for Scaled Innovation in Manufacturing in Leominster, Mass.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.3 Million in Manufacturing Innovation Funds

LOWELL – Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $2.3 million grant to Lowell-based composites manufacturer Specialty Materials, Inc., an award from the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). The award will support the expansion of Specialty’s production of its boron-based composite materials, materials widely used in aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial applications to strengthen products. The M2I2 grant will support a project that will nearly triple the size of the Specialty Material’s manufacturing capability, adding an additional 75 employees and $6 million per year of spending in Massachusetts.

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Merrow Manufacturing Expands Fall River, Massachusetts, Operations

MassDevelopment provided a $1 million equipment loan from the CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund to Merrow Manufacturing to support the company’s first phase of a major expansion and buy equipment, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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NEXTFLEX: Scaling Workforce Readiness Through Manufacturing Expertise

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected US employment, with a significant impact on the manufacturing sector.  According to Deloitte’s recent “2021 manufacturing outlook,” US manufacturing faces a long recovery to match its post-2008 recession momentum. And, as we recover, manufacturing may never look the same, with companies adapting to hybrid work environments and expecting more agility from the workforce.

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Leominster’s AIS Celebrates National Manufacturing Month

LEOMINSTER — Massachusetts-based AIS, the largest manufacturer of commercial office furniture and seating in New England — a historic area where factories and mills ushered in the American Industrial Revolution some 200 years ago — celebrated national Manufacturing Month during October by honoring the region’s manufacturing legacy and championing modern practices and opportunities.

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Amazon Opens New Robotics Manufacturing Facility in Massachusetts

Amazon announced the opening of a new first-of-its-kind robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Massachusetts. The new facility will expand Amazon Robotics manufacturing capability in the U.S. and Amazon’s growth in the region—and has created over 200 new manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts.

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