The Best Story on Manufacturing Day? How About the 235-Year History

Take a look at the history of manufacturing that begins in 1785 and continues beyond today.

Rob Spiegel

October 1, 2021

22 Slides

Manufacturing begins with material handling of all things. The history of manufacturing is the history of advances in human development. From cotton gins and sewing machines to artificial intelligence and 3D printed body parts– it’s all automated.

Manufacturing has changed human life and created the present world. These days, the dirty business of industrial production is moving toward clean manufacturing. Mass production is moving into mass customization, the production of one.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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