Policymakers in both Washington, D.C. and the rest of the country are increasingly viewing this moment in time as a unique and potentially fleeting opportunity to rebuild and revitalize the American manufacturing sector.
To do so requires an acknowledgement that the conditions that existed through much of the last half century may never fully return. Instead, manufacturing companies will need to be more nimble.
"Part of what's interesting at this moment in our economy is also what's scary about it," President Obama said recently during a visit to a high-tech workstation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Very few people are going to live and work in one company for 30 years. That model doesn't exist. There's just too much disruption, because technology moves too quickly, and globalization moves too quickly."
The workstation that the President was visiting was designed to adjust to this new reality. There, people pay a membership fee to work with high-tech equipment that may be too expensive for their business to purchase. This allows them to experiment with certain components and create mockups for future products.
For example, devices like 3D printers are generally too expensive for people to buy, but they can still be quite useful when it comes to creating custom components. Other machines, such as injection molding devices, have a similar function.
The changing economy has opened up many opportunities for small businesses, but they will need support services such as this one to grow. By seeking out CNC machining services, businesses can acquire custom components for their changing needs.