Looking for innovation trends in manufacturing? Follow the money!

2016 Predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash Predictions for the future of manufacturing point to many disruptive technologies appearing on a foggy horizon. We know they are out there, but the details seem to be vague and elusive, clouded in hyperbole and hype. They are the exciting innovations that seem to border on science fiction and offer shocking innovations almost too good to be true. Are they real? Are they tangible or still in concept or prototype stage? Or, are these breakthrough technologies so expensive that only a few mega-enterprises can afford the investment and risk? As manufacturers—from global...