Japan’s Booming Robot Population

Japan’s population is currently booming, but not because of its citizens; it’s due to the rapidly increasing amount of humanoid robots. In some Japanese suburbs, next-level androids outnumber their human co-workers, and one industry leader proposes a nation-wide investment in 30 million more by 2020. With the addition of robots, countries are hoping to regionalize manufacturing by keeping labor-costs down, avoiding the need to outsource …

Interview: Josh Welton of Brown Dog Welding

The Detroit native speaks on his love of melting metal, dogs and transitioning from tradesman to artist

Detroit’s Renaissance continues with creatives who blend art, design and trade. One such artist is Josh Welton, a Detroit native whose sculptures of cars, robots and animals are meticulously made by hand. He’s worked in manufacturing since a young age, and was always drawn to welding. So passionate about his day job, he began welding creatively for fun, and his company Brown Dog Welding was …

Shinola Watch Dial Factory Visit

Brand president Jacques Panis walks us through the new state-of-the-art facility

The resurgence in stateside manufacturing is largely thanks to more educated and passionate consumers. Where a product’s merit was once simply its final form, there is an ever-growing demand for products with a story that embody considered design and stand up to the highest degree of quality. One of the most vocal and committed to American manufacturing in the consumer space is Detroit-based Shinola, a …