Each year, Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is held on the first Friday in October in order to show students, parents, and the public what modern manufacturing is all about. The fourth industrial revolution is rapidly changing our world. New advanced manufacturing technologies bring about whole new careers, requiring a skilled workforce interested in pursuing them. From bioengineers, to data analysts to robotics technicians, and all of the operations in between, there is a place for everyone in manufacturing!
Having long been the cornerstone of the American economy, manufacturing continues to provide highly skilled and highly paid jobs that create thriving communities. Still, the diversity of existing opportunities and the corresponding career potential that accompanies those opportunities is too often overlooked or misunderstood which is why each year, Manufacturing Day celebrates and showcases both the work, and many of the individuals, that comprise the US manufacturing sector.
At this year’s Manufacturing Day, NextFlex will be hosting local high school students at our San Jose headquarters where participants can meet with technologists, tour the facility, and learn about how 21st century manufacturing is transforming lives in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, energy, digital home, and wearables.
In order to reach as many students across the country as possible, will also be releasing a video message from our Director of Technology and an interactive 360-degree video tour of our Technology Hub. Those videos will be live on this page on Manufacturing Day, October 7.
NextFlex is one of nine Manufacturing Innovation Institutes established by the DoD Manufacturing Technology Program, is a consortium of 100 members with the shared goal of advancing the manufacture of flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) in the U.S. Since its formation in 2015, the NextFlex community of technologists, educators, problem solvers and manufacturers have come together to collectively facilitate innovation, narrow the manufacturing workforce gap and promote sustainable manufacturing ecosystems to further advance U.S. manufacturing across a range of technology areas.
In addition to the innovation work NextFlex leads with its members, it also operates a pilot-scale manufacturing line at its headquarters in San Jose, California. Known as the Technology Hub, this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility designs, prototypes, assembles and tests flexible hybrid electronics devices and systems that are transforming electronics by taking them “out of the box.” FHEs are lighter weight, thinner and smaller, faster and less expensive to make, and can bend, stretch or conform to any shape thereby revolutionizing electronics for both military and commercial applications in medical wearables, structural health monitoring, RF and communications, aerospace and more.