Advanced manufacturing

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Officials at RIT have unveiled a multimillion dollar high-tech lab designed to help companies and innovators convert their ideas into prototypes and eventually new products.

The new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization lab is located at the university's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The $3 million lab is designed to be a focal point for manufacturers in New York State looking to evaluate and apply new digital manufacturing technologies.

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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SUNY New Paltz hopes to redefine itself as the center for the next manufacturing revolution, changing the way we think about what we can make and how. The university recently opened the MakerBot Innovation Lab Center devoted to 3D printing technology. The goal is to link the worlds of science and technology with the creativity of fine arts.

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Researchers at the University at Buffalo are studying how mind-controlled robots can be utilized in the manufacturing sector. The team is also working to make the technology more affordable for companies.

UB graduate student Habib Mohd Younus is imagining a wood peg being placed in a round hole. He focuses on getting the mind-controlled robot in front of him to do exactly what he is thinking.

“When I think ‘push’ you actually see it’s being pushed back. When I want to rotate it clockwise, I’m thinking it’s rotating, so it rotates,” said Younus.

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Several New York State economic development agencies have joined forces with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise under the marketing umbrella ‘NY Loves Nanotech’. The collaboration's aim was to gain support for the region's semiconductor industry during a global nanotech conference in San Francisco.

The annual SEMICON West conference brings together business representatives and professionals from around the world to promote business opportunities in the nanotechnology industry.

Director of Investor and Public Relations for BNE, Paul Pfeiffer, says New York State was able to showcase their success in the semiconductor industry, through the products of their client Globalfoundries, based in Rochester.