How BIM and Revit Helps Sea Ports Make Crucial Updates

Ocean shipping is the foundation of global trade and commerce and has been for thousands of years. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 90 percent of traded goods are carried over the seas. With today’s cargo ships…

How Digital Design can Facilitate the Movement to More Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable transportation is a huge topic in today’s world, and for good reasons. According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, transportation accounts for about 64 percent of global oil consumption, 27 percent of all energy use, and 23 percent…

The Technologies Enabling the 3D Printing of Affordable Homes

In a previous article on the GovDesignHub, we sat down with Peter Evans, assistant professor of industrial design at Iowa State University, to discuss an exciting program that is exploring the use of 3D printing to reduce the cost of…

Is 3D Printing the Answer to America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

While it’s a topic that many Americans might be reluctant to talk about, our country has a legitimate housing problem. Many Americans are forced to live in unsuitable housing because they can’t afford a home that’s more appropriate for their…

NSF-Backed HAMMER Center to Prepare Next Generation Manufacturing Technologies and Workforce

The U.S. is historically known for making grand things. This country built the Hoover Dam, constructed the Golden Gate Bridge, and even invented the mass-manufactured automobile. Our nation’s ability to manufacture quality products at incredible rates even helped turn the…

An Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management and Product Data Management

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM) are two terms that you may not hear too often. Chances are you are already following these processes in some way or form but just are not calling them PLM or…

New US Center to Drive Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing

In June of this year, the Automation Alley, in collaboration with World Economic Forum (the Forum) launched the first thematic Center on Advanced Manufacturing in the United States to join the World Economic Forum’s Network of Centres for the 4th…

Is the Military Ready to Embrace Additive Manufacturing?

In our last article on the GoveDesignHub (GDH), we sat down with Dr. Samantha McBirney, an engineer at the RAND Corporation, to discuss the benefits the Department of Defense (DoD) would receive from embracing additive manufacturing. Ultimately, we concluded that…

How Additive Manufacturing Can Revolutionize Making Things for the Military

Generative design and additive manufacturing (AM), also commonly known as “3D printing,” have the capability to revolutionize how the military creates new parts for its equipment and new products for the warfighter. Additive manufacturing is widely seen as a technology…

Five Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Industry and How Digitization can Help

Anyone that has tried to purchase an automobile or electronic device in the past year will tell you that there are clear challenges facing our manufacturing and transportation/shipping industries. Supply chains have been strained as a result of the COVID…