Nike’s Vaporfly Elite FlyPrint leans hard into computational design

Nike's new shoe has a 3D printed upper for elite runners

Computational design is the hottest phrase in manufacturing and 3D printing at the moment. It’s changing the way people make all kinds of goods, and Nike used it to design and manufacture its new Vaporfly Elite FlyPrint shoe, which it’s announcing today.

Robot Maker Seeks New Markets

Locus Robotics says latest $25 million funding will help it expand product line

 Locus Robotics Corp., whose robots help workers fulfill e-commerce orders, raised $25 million in a funding round led by Scale Venture Partners that the company plans to use to develop new products and expand into new markets.

For Toy Makers,a New Game

Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc. combined would result in a toy company with a large but hardly dominant share in a highly fragmented industry. The two companies, which recently engaged in talks about a possible tie-up, would control just over one-third of the U.S. market for traditional toys and games, according to Euromonitor International Ltd.

American Industry Picks Up Steam

American manufacturing has picked up pace over the last 12 months thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased business confidence.
 Although progress isn't being felt by all industries, makers of items ranging from bulldozers to semiconductors to food products are on the upswing as various measures of spending, sentiment and employment have climbed, while stock markets hit record highs.

Chip Firms Flock to AI's Promise

Nvidia, Intel and AMD take steps to counter slowdown in sales of PCs and smartphones

 Chip makers are racing to develop artificial-intelligence products to fuel growth as sales of smartphones and personal computers cool.
 Nvidia Corp., Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and a raft of startups are crafting new processors to tap into a broader market for AI hardware and software that is growing 50% a

Mattress Maker Reads You to Sleep

Mattress brand Casper is launching a print magazine and shuttering Van Winkle's, the sleep-focused online publication it launched in 2015.
 The company said its new magazine, titled Woolly, will be published multiple times a year and focus on themes including comfort, wellness and modern life. It will be bundled free with some Casper products and available for $12 an issue from Casper's retail stores and website.