Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Robert Downey Jr., also known as the infamous Iron Man, Tony Stark, assists in the operation/testing of a bionic arm for a seven-year-old, named Alex. Alex, who was born with a partially developed arm is given a gift, feasible for many through the progression of advanced manufacturing.
Over the next decade, the United States will need to fill nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, but 2 million jobs may go unfilled.
Cleveland, OH---LIFT (Lightweighting Innovations for Tomorrow) is one of nine manufacturing innovation institutes that make up Manufacturing USA. Encompassing five states including Ohio, LIFT is targeting the use of new weight-reducing technologies and materials in industries such as transportation, automotive, aerospace, defense, and bio-medical. Research shows that lighter materials can bring better performance benefits to a range of components and products critical to these sectors. Through the LIFT partnership, MAGNET provides students with work-based learning opportunities including paid internships in lightweighting-related companies throughout the full supply chain. It also provides a financial incentive to companies hiring students. Working with career technical schools and colleges, the project will demonstrate the value of this approach to address the skill shortages in advanced manufacturing and will result in an advanced manufacturing career pathway. MAGNET recently hosted