Manufacturing News & Events

Manufacturing News & Events


Cape Cod Company Wins Mask-Making Challenge

An innovative mask design helped Speakeasy Travel Supply of Barnstable win the inaugural COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge grand prize of $25,000.

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Formlabs Develops New Large Format Medical and Dental Printer

The new Form 3BL printer from the Somerville manufacturer is five times larger than the standard Form 3 printer. The new system is for healthcare and dental providers to quickly meet in-house needs.

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Lee Company Produces Documentary on Manufacturing Response to COVID-19

Boyd Technologies of Lee produced "Project Frontline", a documentary series on the manufacturing response to the pandemic in Massachusetts. It premiers September 23rd.

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Massachusetts Wins $3.2M DoD Grant to Develop National Model for Manufacturing Technician Training

BOSTON – During a meeting of the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) on Wednesday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a new $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program (DoD ManTech) to develop a manufacturing technician training program that will serve as a national model. During the meeting, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, a co-chair of the AMC, announced the award, known as “MassBridge,” which will develop and test a state-based training and career pathway model for manufacturing technicians that meets the talent needs of the national Manufacturing USA Institutes and their members.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million for New Advanced Manufacturing Center

CHICOPEE — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new grant totaling approximately $2,581,109 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support the development of a new advanced manufacturing center at Convergent Photonics in Chicopee, which is partnering with Western New England University (WNE) on the new facility. Called a ‘Lab for Education and Application Prototyping, or LEAP, the lab will focus on product development, training, and research in the field of integrated photonics, and will be the fourth lab of its kind in the state.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million in New Manufacturing Emergency Response Team Grants

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $6.5 Million to 13 Massachusetts organizations to develop new products to assist in the response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MERT) will expand the Commonwealth’s work to drive in-state manufacturing of critical products, an effort which has produced more than 11 million pieces of personal protective equipment and other critical pieces as of September.

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Massachusetts Awarded ‘Future of Manufacturing’ Grant from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new ‘Future of Manufacturing’ grant of $499,955 awarded to a collaboration of Massachusetts organizations, which will help the region’s manufacturers pivot their operations to address emerging crises.

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CareAline Products Wins Second ‘Intrapreneur Challenge’ In Support of COVID-19 Response

WESTBOROUGH – On Friday, August 21, a panel of expert judges declared CareAline Products of Danvers the winner of the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, a competition focused on companies developing innovations that will help Massachusetts in its reopening processes. The Challenge featured pitches from nine established Massachusetts companies, who pitched their designs and business plans aimed at addressing the ongoing public health challenge.

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Finalists Selected for Second COVID-19 Response Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — Nine intrapreneurs from companies across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for Lever’s second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge, which focuses on helping Massachusetts companies pivot operations to produce innovations that support the state’s reopening.

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New Accelerator Aims to Boost ‘Made in Mass.’ Products that Support Re-opening

WESTBOROUGH, MA – The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Lever have announced the second COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge to identify and mentor innovative Massachusetts companies interested in developing a product or service to support Phase 2 of the state’s re-opening. The Intrapreneur Challenge is a five-part business accelerator program that aims to activate, connect, and focus Massachusetts companies as they pivot production capabilities to meet the emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NextFlex Webinar

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at MassTech Collaborative together with the University of Massachusetts Lowell have initiated a webinar series for the NextFlex® Massachusetts Node. This is the second webinar in the series.

Industry Update – Next Generation Sensors and Applications

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

UMass Lowell Innovation Hub and M2D2, along with their partner, Arrow Electronics, will feature experts from industry, academia, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem to offer insights on the latest trends in sensors and what’s ahead for the marketplace. 

MassBridge Training Innovation Forum - West Region

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:00am

Participate in an industry forum to discuss the growing needs of advanced technician training for the skills and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Pandemic Exit Plan Training

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm

In this two-part training with Exolytic and Safety Trainers, you will learn implementation strategies to help manufacturers actively take control of their company in 2021. In this level one workshop, you'll create a pandemic exit plan for your company.

MassBridge Training Innovation Forum - Textiles & Functional Fabrics

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Participate in an industry forum to discuss the growing needs of technician training for the textile and functional fabric industry.

MassBridge Training Innovation Forum - Photonics & Integrated Photonics

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Participate in an industry forum to discuss the growing needs of advanced technician training for the photonics and integrated photonics industry.

MassBridge Training Innovation Forum - Adv Manufacturing & Robotics

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Participate in an industry forum to discuss the growing needs of advanced technician training for the skills and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing and robotics industry.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 9:30am to Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

The largest Northeast manufacturing trade show, will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts and is produced by SME and AMT.